In pictures – World Toilet Day

Globally, over one-third of humanity has no basic toilet facility. Worldwide over 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross


Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water and sanitation-related disease – that adds up to 4,000 children every day. Juozas Cernius/IFRC


Water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion are crucial to human dignity and are vital elements of preventive and public health. Lack of access to water, sanitation and poor hygiene practices are among the principal causes of death and disease worldwide. It also leads to loss of productivity and forms a major barrier to development. Equitable and affordable access to water and sanitation is a human right. Cheryl Gagalac/IFRC


104 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies are working on over 450 water and sanitation projects in 80 countries. IFRC


On an average the Red Cross and Red Crescent serve 1.8 million people per year with water, sanitation and hygiene promotion in emergencies. Between 2005 to 2014, 3.8 million people have benefited from improved sanitation. Benoit Matsha-Carpentier / IFRC