The Crisis in the Classroom: The State of the World's Toilets 2018

Toilets, Schools
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Today, 620 million of the world’s schoolchildren – almost twice the population of the USA – do not have decent school toilets. This is more than an inconvenience. This is a crisis.

Wherever they are in the world – London or Lagos – children are entitled to the human rights of sanitation, good health and quality education. But every year, diarrhoea and intestinal infections together kill nearly 140,000 school-age children.

Our report, The Crisis in the Classroom: The State of the World’s Toilets 2018, reveals the countries where children are struggling most to access a toilet at school and at home, and highlights those that have made good progress. It calls on governments to take urgent action to make decent toilets normal not just for children but for everyone everywhere by 2030.