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Sanitation Around the World: Not Quite There Yet

In the States, we often take the things we have for granted. Cars, public transportation, and other luxuries like fashion and hobbies. But if you think on a more basic level, we take more than just that for granted. Once upon a time, there wasn’t such a thing called sanitation. Imagine a life without suitable drinking water or access to toilets. What then?

The world has come a long way since the old days, but we still have a long way to go. Around 2.4 billion people in the world, one-third of the global population don’t have these basic amenities that we take for granted on a daily basis. The UN’s Millennium Development Goals are aimed at making our world a better place by destroying issues like poverty, hunger, child mortality, and diseases among other things.

While efforts have been made to help the African population without access like providing them with toilets, they still have to adjust to this development by maintaining the facilities as they are used. For years a large percentage of the population has had to use the restroom outdoors without any privacy says Brian Torchin in this article. Change is gradual, so until they learn to adjust to this new tradition that’s become all so common to us, we’ll have to hold their hands.

While this news is a decent development, more needs to be done so that we all have at least the most basic of sanitation.