There's a problem no one's talking about There’s a problem that affects 2.3 billion people, or 1 in 3 people worldwide. It’s one of the world’s greatest obstacles to public health and environmental sustainability, and it costs the world’s poorest countries 260 billion dollars every year. It's the lack of a basic human right. It’s the lack of access to water and toilets. At WaterAid we love talking about toilets. So we were thrilled when, last year, the UN officially created a day to recognize the importance of sanitation: World Toilet Day. Get ready to help us spread the message that toilets save lives. Women pay the heaviest price for poor sanitation Lack of sanitation doesn't just cause discomfort—it’s a safety issue that women and girls are forced to face every day. In many countries, women are expected to wait until nightfall to relieve themselves, putting them at serious risk of harassment and assault. About half of all girls worldwide attend schools without toilets, forcing many of them to drop out when they reach puberty. Perlette didn’t have to drop out after primary school like many of her friends. Her dreams of becoming a doctor on still on track because her school in Tsimahavaobe, Madagascar now has toilets and clean, running water. What we do Last year we helped over 3.1 million people gain access to a safe, clean and private toilet – that’s over 350 people an hour! We work with our local partners using local materials, low-cost solutions, and are always exploring new ways to deal with human waste. We also campaign tirelessly to demand that governments target their development efforts and spending on sanitation. It might not be sexy or nice to talk about, but we know that toilets save lives. Read more about the sanitation crisis > It’s No Joke: The State of the World’s Toilets 2015 Report Your toilet is a lifesaver. By removing waste safely, it keeps our environment clean and reduces the risk of sickness and even death. Our new report It’s No Joke: The State of the World’s Toilets 2015 exposes some shocking facts about toilets around the world.