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World Toilet Day (WTD) is an official United Nations International observance day on 19 November to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Toilets save lives, because human waste spreads killer diseases. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. The world is not on track to reach Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6): to ensure availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030. Today, 4.5 billion live without a safe toilet and 892 million people still practise open defecation. The impact of exposure to human faeces on this scale has a devastating impact upon public health, living and working conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world. The global sanitation crisis is reflected in the following facts, according to reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF): * Around 60% of the global population – 4.5 billion people – either have no toilet at home or one that doesn't safely manage excreta. * 862 million people worldwide still practise open defecation – this means human faeces, on a massive scale, is not being captured or treated. * 1.8 billion people use an unimproved source of drinking water with no protection against contamination from faeces. * One third of schools worldwide do not provide any toilet facilities – a particular problem for girls during menstruation. * 900 million schoolchildren across the world have no handwashing facilities – a critical barrier in the spread of deadly diseases. * Globally, 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.