The above video is alarming is it not? The idea that someone needs to leave the comfort and security of their home, go outside and try to find somewhere to relief themselves without seen by others. Yet this is a reality for over a billion people in poverty stricken countries. According to the United Nations, 2.5 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation, including toilets. This article by the BBC features poignant photos that just show the troubles facing the world today. This is why we are celebrating World Toilet Day today.
Origin of World Toilet Day
In 2013 the United Nations officially declared 19th November as World Toilet Day. Fundraising and awareness was first started in 2001 by the World Toilet Organisation. Their aim is to make sanitation a global priority. Due to approximately 2.5 billion people living without a toilet or any improved sanitation facilities.
People living without basic sanitation are often deprived of their privacy and dignity. This is because they are left vulnerable to contaminated water supplies and the spread of diseases. Approximately 1.8 million deaths per year are caused by sanitation related illness and diseases. Unfortunately, a high percentage being children under the age of 5. With more than 1 million people practising open defecation, which can result in contaminating drinking water supplies and the natural environment, there is a desperate need to implement new sustainable sanitation solutions and infrastructure. Due to the growing populations and rapid urbanisation , the increase, the desperation and need for new and innovative ideas that can offer solutions for the sanitation crisis in many developing countries.
Here at Dunster House, we are continually using our vast experience and expertise in timber manufacturing to design cost effective solutions. Our range of humanitarian products is constantly expanding to try and meet the different needs and requirements. For example our range spans from off grid solar power to emergency housing and sanitation following a natural disaster.
Eco Composting Toilets
Our Eco Composting Toilet is an ideal solution for locations that do not have access to water or sewer solutions. The toilet features a Urine Diversion System (UDS) which, at its most basic, separates urine and solid waste. Thus this composting toilet provides an intelligent solution to ecological sanitation.
Not only do the eco toilets provide a solution to sanitation problems. But also, in countries strife with sexual attacks and harassment, we have ensured these toilets lock to hinder any attackers.
Furthermore, we have been working closely with Oxfam, sending multiple containers of our new latrines to South Sudan and Central African Republic so far, but that is just the beginning.
Our Director, Chris Murphy explains:
“We see a major need, especially in Africa in terms of sanitation, which affects many aspects of people’s lives. We are able to address this pressing need, while focusing on designing and manufacturing adequate sanitation for developing countries. Our aim is to continue to work hard on our new humanitarian solutions to help to tackle the sanitation crisis. That’s why we keep expanding our range – to suit different needs and requirements.”
Consequently, we have recently become involved with a charity project in conjunction with UNICEF. Thanks to this cooperation, more superstructures and squat plates will go to Chad. Chad is a country that has one of the lowest rates of access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
For that reason, we are always trying to help. We are currently in talks with Medair (a humanitarian organisation that provides a range of emergency relief and recovery services around the world) to make superstructures and double trenches for them. This is ongoing.
Whilst we know that we will not be able to solve all the sanitation problems in the world, we know that by continuing to work with charities that are constantly fighting on the behalf of those who can’t, we can make a difference!
Find out more on how you can make a difference
Learn more about our humanitarian products and our growing range of solutions for sanitation here: https://dunsterhouse.co.uk/humanitarian