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18th – 19th November 2022

Abuja, Nigeria

What’s UN World Toilet Day?

World Toilet Organization was founded on 19 November 2001 and the inaugural World Toilet Summit was held on the same day, the first global summit of its kind. We recognised the need for an international day to draw global attention to the sanitation crisis – and so we established World Toilet Day on 19 November. World Toilet Day has continued to garner support over the years, with NGOs, the private sector, civil society organisations and the international community joined in to mark the global day.

Why Toilets?

A world body on toilets — are you kidding me? Your toilet is more important than you think.
Let’s take a look at some quick facts about the sanitation crisis.


Some 297 000 children – more than 800 every day – under five who die annually from diarrhoeal diseases due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or unsafe drinking water. These deaths are preventable.(WHO 2019).


Almost half of the schools in the world do not have handwashing facilities with soap and water available to students. Clean and safe toilets help keep more girls in school and increase attendance rates. Far too many girls miss out on education just because of the lack of a clean and safe toilet. (WHO/UNICEF 2020)


Over half of the global population or 4.2 billion people lack safe sanitation. Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces. (WHO/UNICEF 2019)


For every $1 invested in basic sanitation, the return is $2.5. And in the case of basic sanitation in rural areas, every $1 returns on average more than $5 in saved medical costs and increased productivity. (Hutton et al. 2015)

Health, dignity and well-being for all
through sustainable sanitation

A clean and safe toilet ensures health, dignity and well-being — yet 40% of the world’s population does not have access to toilets. World Toilet Organization is a global non-profit committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. We believe in empowering individuals through education, training and building local marketplace opportunities to advocate for clean and safe sanitation facilities in their communities.

What We Do

The silence surrounding the sanitation crisis is beginning to break as evidenced by the Sustainable Development Goal’s inclusion of sanitation on its global development agenda. Sustainable Development Goal #6 calls for universal access to adequate and equitable sanitation and the end of open defecation by 2030.

World Toilet Organization is one of the few organizations whose sole focus is on toilets
and sanitation. Breaking the silence on the sanitation crisis is at the heart of what we do.
And here’s how we do it.

Jack Sim

Jack Sim (simplified Chinese: 沈锐华; traditional Chinese: 沈銳華; pinyin: Shěn Ruìhuá, born 1957) is the founder of the Restroom Association of Singapore, the World Toilet Organization, the World Toilet Day initiative and Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) Hub. Formerly from the construction industry, he decided to devote the rest of his life to social work

Karnataka Training

World Toilet College has uniquely designed trainings to facilitate effective execution of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and motivate government representatives to learn and deliver a holistic program that aims at using waste as resources, promoting recycling and resource recovery. We appreciate Karnataka government who took the initiative to send their representatives to Singapore to learn best

Rainbow School Toilet

4971 students and teachers are now enjoying our newest Rainbow School Toilets (RST)! Since the last update, the RST Initiative have built modern toilet infrastructure and provided hygiene training for 4 new beneficiary schools in Henan, which totals up to 10 RST schools since 2015. These 4 schools includes 2 secondary schools – Cheng Guan

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