World Toilet Day: a cause for sanitation

As part of its support for World Toilet Day, celebrated on 19 November every year, Saniflo is highlighting the need to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which promises sanitation for all by 2030.

Here are a few facts:

  • 2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation – more than half the global population.
  • Globally, at least 2 billion people use a contaminated drinking water source.
  • Inadequate sanitation is estimated to cause 432,000 diarrhoeal deaths every year and is a major factor in diseases such as intestinal worms and trachoma.
  • Children under the age of five living in countries affected by protracted conflict are, on average, nearly 20 times more likely to die from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene than by direct violence. (UNICEF 2019)

Saniflo’s HQ in France works with charity, Une Villa en Urgence, roughly translated as ‘An emergency home’. The charity provides accommodation for France’s homeless, using refrigerated trucks that are at the end of their working lives.

The charity refurbishes the trucks into ‘villas’ that include bedrooms, bathrooms, windows and living spaces. Each unit is kitted out with heating and storage for both clean and waste water.

Saniflo donates a range of products for the bathrooms including the space saving Sanicompact, a macerating WC that requires no cistern, Sanishower pumps and Kineprime shower cubicles that can be installed simply and easily into the units, as they require no tiles, grout or silicone.

To date nine trucks have been renovated and each can sleep between 6 and 12 people. Over 100 more are in progress and these will be deployed as emergency shelters in Nantes, Lyon, Paris, Bordeaux and many more towns in France.

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