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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.
"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
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, LIXIL Group Corporation
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
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.
At LIXIL, we design water and sanitation products that matter to people, including the SATO range of affordable and innovative toilet solutions developed to meet the specific needs of consumers in some of the poorest and most remote parts of the world. UNICEF works with different partners in over 100 countries to generate demand for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, drawing on decades of experience.
Together, LIXIL and UNICEF are pioneering new ways to tackle the global sanitation challenge. We call on others to join us in developing competitive sanitation markets. By making quality sanitation products available, ready for installation, easy to maintain, and supported by waste management systems, communities can become healthier and more prosperous.
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.
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.
As a first step, the partnership sets out reach 2.6 million people across three countries – Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania – with affordable and appropriately designed toilets like LIXIL's SATO toilet systems.
We've made a start. But there's a lot more to be done.
Join us and let's end the global sanitation crisis, one toilet at a time.
For only $20 USD, you can help one child access a toilet at home for a year.
Your donation will be used to support the sanitation program between LIXIL and UNICEF.
Together, we can keep children healthy, safe, and learning at school.
Disclaimer: UNICEF does not endorse any company, brand, product or service.