Today Is UN World Toilet Day — And It’s No Laughing Matter

November 19, 2014 1:01 PM

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The UN's "World Toilet Day" — held annually on November 19 — is no laughing matter.

Globally, an estimated 2.5 billion people lack access to proper sanitation and more than 1 billion practice open defecation. Some 4 billion cases of diarrhea each year lead to more than 2 million deaths, mainly among children. That's more than AIDS and malaria combined.

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