November 17, 2017 16:38

World Toilet Day 2017 – How Alliance2015 members contribute to SDG6

When the United Nations launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, they decided to dedicate one goal, number six, to “clean water and sanitation”. The reason is simple: toilets save lives. At least 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated, and each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases.[1] Inadequate sanitation and hygiene practices and poor access to safe drinking water are key aspects in the cycle of disease, hunger and poverty.

Alliance2015 members are dedicated to contribution to the completion of the SDGs, particularly to help the most vulnerable populations and eradicate poverty and hunger. This includes working on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes around the world to improve the access of vulnerable populations around the world to proper sanitation, including toilets.

Keep reading to find out about some projects our members are working on, and don’t forget to share!


Welthungerhilfe’s unique way to support hygiene in Liberia

In Liberia, SDG6 is far from being achieved, even in educational settings:

  • 55% of schools do not have access to functional water supply
  • 43% of schools do not have access to functional latrines
  • 82% of schools do not have handwashing facilities

Welthungerhilfe aims to change that, and supports school health clubs in Liberia. Pauline won a competition in hygiene trainings and holds the title „Miss Hygiene”.

“What I like the most about being Miss Hygiene is that it has taught me a lot about my own health and cleanliness. I cannot go and teach people if I don't follow what I preach."

Click here to read Pauline’s story, told by Welthungerhilfe Liberia!


People In Need calls for toilets that are safe and accessible.

Sixty percent of the global population still don’t have a toilet at home, or don’t have access to one that is sanitary or safe to use. People should not be afraid to use a toilet or prevented from working, learning or socialising because of its location. People In Need (PIN) thus implements different programmes to raise awareness and improve access to toilets. For instance, in Angola PIN has helped build over 10,000 new latrines in 200 villages.

Click here to watch the video: “Popping to the loo? Count yourself lucky!”


HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation turns latrines into status symbols

In Nepal, only about 40% of households have a latrine and roughly half have access to clean drinking water. Thanks to the work of HELVETAS, the village of Ghanteshwor in western Nepal defies those numbers: it has as many toilets as houses. For the villagers, this means they can live in dignity and good health; for the latrine-builders, it means a secure income.

Find out how HELVETAS turned latrines into a symbol of pride.


ACTED “triggers” local communities in Afghanistan to end open defecation

Lack of sanitation and high levels of open defecation greatly increase the prevalence of diarrheal disease, the second leading cause of death among children, and generate birth defects. ACTED, alongside nine national and international partners, implemented an innovative project to end open defecation in the Kishim and Shahr-e-Buzorg districts in Badakhshan province, Afghanistan. Communities are ‘triggered’ to build the latrines independently, without any help from NGOs or government

Find out more about how ACTED triggers community change in Afghanistan.


Concern Worldwide helps communities recover after Ebola in Sierra Leone

Concern Worldwide has been working in Sierra Leone since 1996, and thus responded to the Ebola crisis when it broke out. But the work hasn’t stopped there. In the wake of the Ebola outbreak Concern has been upgrading water and sanitation facilities at Health Centres throughout the Tonkolili district in Sierra Leone. Work at the Yele Community Health Centre includes the installation of new latrines, shower facilities, sinks, taps, a new incinerator, pits for the disposal of waste material and an isolation unit.

Click here to read more about the work in Sierra Leone.


Cesvi worked in Myanmar to help refugees access sanitation

Due to armed conflict in Kachin, in north-east Myanmar, hundreds of families were forced to flee their homes. 209 families stayed in the Mai Khaung KBC refugee camp, access to sanitation and hygiene soon became a problem. Cesvi intervened, building emergency latrines and water distribution areas in the camp and distributing water bottles and sanitation kits. To improve hygiene practices, Cesvi also ran a campaigns to raise awareness.

Read the full blog post in Italian.

[1] Source: UN Sustainable Development Goals, November 2017: