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Toilets Improve The Health Of Communities

Can you imagine a life without access to a toilet at home or at school? It’s almost impossible, right?


Toilets Improve The Health Of Communities

even though having access to a toilet is a basic human health and sanitation need, there are still one in three people in South Africa that don’t have access to a toilet. This means that they are having to access unsafe, unhygienic alternative toilets like unsanitary bodies of water without the option of clean water.

Diseases like cholera spread rapidly in communities like this as well as the fact that some of these makeshift toilet facilities are badly built and highly unsafe.

Domestos is working hard to change this and to teach communities about the importance of sanitation in public health. Learn more about the public health and sanitation efforts that Domestos is currently involved in through their ground-breaking Safer School Sanitation initiative.

How do Toilets Improve Community Health?

Having access to toilets and running, clean water is of paramount importance to public health and hygiene. In communities where they do not have access to toilets, the risks to health and sanitation in the community includes:

  • The spread of waterborne diseases due to the lack of clean, running water.

  • Lack of safety for children when there is no access to lockable toilet stalls and doors.

  • Lack of privacy and sanitary equipment for girl children during their menstruation.

  • Unsafe alternatives to flushable toilets like pit toilets that, when not built properly, can cause serious injury or death when accidents occur.

How is Domestos Making A Change?

When it comes to regulated health and safety toilets, Domestos is not only helping to build safer ablutions in schools across South Africa but is providing hygiene education to communities in need, so that everyone has the chance for a healthy life.

Domestos is winning the war against unsafe sanitation and poor hygiene every day by educating communities about the importance of safe sanitation. Over the past 10 years, Domestos has been fighting the war on unsafe sanitation and poor hygiene, protecting over 5 million school children against illness-causing germs.

With every bottle of Domestos Thick Bleach you buy at your local retailer, money is donated to going toward:

  • Helping build safer toilets in schools

  • Supporting our school toilet maintenance programme

  • Teaching good hygiene habits to over 1 million learners every year

For more information on how to get involved in the Domestos Safe School Sanitation campaign or to request assistance, visit Domestos today.

Frequently Asked Questions on Sanitation

Why is Sanitation Important in the Community?

Teaching the community about safe and hygienic sanitation procedures and the need for clean, flushable toilets is important because it can prevent diseases like cholera and diarrhoea spreading, it can also help to save lives of school children and bring more privacy and dignity to them.

How does Sanitation Improve Health?

Good sanitation practices and toilets with access to clean water, can help prevent waterborne diseases from spreading.

How can Sanitation be Improved in Rural Communities?

Enabling more rural and poor communities to have access to safe, secure, well-built toilets and bathrooms as well as taps with running water is a key method in which Domestos is helping to create safer sanitation in schools.

What is the Impact of Toilet Seats on the Spread of Communicable Diseases?

A toilet seat can be cleaned with bleach and other germ-killing products which can prevent diseases like cholera from spreading. When you teach a community about the importance of maintaining a high level of sanitation and cleaning of toilets in a school, you can prevent many of these kinds of diseases from spreading.

What are the Benefits of Improved Toilets in Communities?

Some of the benefits of improved sanitation and access to quality toilets and bathrooms include; Improved school attendance, Less sick children which means more time at school, and Girl children not missing school during their menstruation because they have access to good sanitary facilities

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