LIXIL and UNICEF have announced a bold new international partnership to tackle the sanitation challenge. Together, we will contribute to global efforts to improve access to basic sanitation for 250 million people around the world by 2021.

The partnership seeks to be decisive in bringing safe and clean toilets to the one in three people around the world who do not have access to basic sanitation.

A simple and appropriately designed toilet can transform lives – boosting child survival rates, making communities healthier, and even improving children's chances of attending school.

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The challenge

"Nearly 800 children die every day from diarrhea caused by unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. Through this innovative partnership with LIXIL, we hope to help keep every child healthy and alive." - Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF

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The truth about global sanitation

The state of sanitation in many parts of the world is shocking. Today, 2.3 billion (one in three people) lack safe, basic sanitation. Among them, a staggering 892 million people relieve themselves outside, out of necessity or customs, which can contaminate water sources and expose women to the threat of violence and harassment.

"In many countries, this sanitation crisis has devastating consequences for public health and reduces children's opportunities for the future, as many drop out of school because there is nowhere to go to the bathroom." - Kinya Seto, President & CEO, LIXIL



Because of dirty water and poor sanitation, many children develop recurring diarrhea- related illnesses. Approximately 288,000 children die from these diseases every year. Fifty percent of malnutrition and approximately twenty-five percent of stunted growth in children have been associated with diarrhea and intestinal worm infections, often impacting them physically and mentally later in life. And schools in disadvantaged areas that lack proper hygiene and sanitation can especially affect girls during their period, causing many of them to drop out of school.

Every two minutes, a child dies from a preventable diarrhea related disease

The cost

The cost

In 2015, the burden of dealing with poor sanitation and related problems cost some countries as much as 5 percent of GDP. Among world regions, Asia Pacific suffers the greatest loss at 1.1 percent. Africa loses 0.9 percent, Latin America and the Caribbean lose 0.6 percent and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East lose 0.4 percent.

The global economy lost an estimated $223 billion USD in 2015 because of poor sanitation.

The partnership

LIXIL and UNICEF have formed a groundbreaking new global partnership that will pioneer new approaches to the global sanitation challenge. To do this, LIXIL and UNICEF are working together to open up new markets for appropriate sanitation solutions. We believe we can make a significant contribution to delivering on the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goal 6, Target 2: to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all, and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.



As part of a global sanitation movement, we aim to improve access to safe sanitation for 250 million people by 2021

The LIXIL and UNICEF partnership brings together two leaders in their respective fields to demonstrate that market-driven solutions can make a decisive impact on the global sanitation crisis. LIXIL is a maker of pioneering water and housing products, including its SATO Toilet Systems, which provide innovative and affordable solutions for consumers in developing countries. UNICEF's water, sanitation and hygiene team (WASH) works in over 100 countries to improve sanitation practices, including in some of the world's most remote regions and poorest communities.

This partnership aims to demonstrate the business opportunities available in achieving universal access to basic sanitation, by creating demand for sanitation products like toilets, improving supply of such products, and supporting opportunities for affordable finance.

LIXIL and UNICEF encourage other companies to enter and expand this market for the better future of all children, families and communities.

First steps

First steps

There's a lot to be done. LIXIL and UNICEF will begin with:

  • - Programs in Africa and Asia – starting with Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Kenya – to ensure that sanitation products are available at affordable prices for the people who need them
  • - Joint advocacy efforts that draw attention to the significant development opportunities presented by the sanitation economy

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