Lack of the right school toilets threatens health, education and security of at least 620 million children around the world, said the VaterAid volunteer agency in a new study published on Friday.
Children in one of the three schools do not have access to appropriate toilets, which put them at risk of diarrhea and other infections, and forcing some to completely miss the lesson, according to the study, based on data from 101 countries.
Guinea-Bissau in western Africa has the worst school toilets while Ethiopian children are the worst at home, while 93 percent of homes lacked a decent toilet to the report delivered before World Day Toilet on Monday.
"Here is the message that water and sanitation affect everyone," said VaterAid Anna France-Villiams of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
If there are no VCs in schools, children will miss classes and this will affect their growing up.
Anna France-Villiams, spokesman for VaterAid
The lack of adequate sanitation put millions of children around the world at risk of diarrhea, which annually kills 289,000 juveniles, said VaterAid.
But some regions have begun to purify their actions – especially South Asia, where access to school toilets has improved.
More than half of schools in Bangladesh now have access to decent toilets, while students in 73% of schools in India and 76% of people in Bhutan can access basic sanitation.
Akramul Islam, director of water, hygiene and hygiene in the charity brigade in Bangladesh, said that the former high levels of land removing – using open ground, not toilets – are now below 1%.
"Today schools have separate toilets for girls and boys, and also deals with issues of menstrual hygiene," he said.
An open toilet can be seen in a field in Gorby, in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh, India. Image: Adnan Abidi / Reuters / File photo
"This was due to the initiatives undertaken by the government, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders."
Despite improvements, more than a third of girls in South Asia missed the school between one and three days a month during their period, said WaterAid, referring to higher investment in basic sanitation.
"If we are serious about children and young people, wherever they are, regardless of their gender, physical abilities or common origin, they have the right to clean water and sanitation, we must now take decisive and inclusive action," said Executive Director Tim Vainvright .
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