Ghana has been named as one of the the top 10 countries in the world with the highest percentage of its people without decent toilets.
According to the ‘Out of Order’ report released by WaterAid, an international Non-Governmental Organization 85.7% of Ghanaians do not have decent toilets home.
The 2017 state of the world’s toilets report noted that 23 million people in Ghana experience and suffer the fear and indignity of relieving themselves in open and unhygienic toilets.
The reported further opined that the lack of decent toilets around the world prevents women and girls from fulfilling their potential.
“Out of Order” is WaterAid’s third-annual analysis of the world’s toilets. It reveals that globally, one in three people still have nowhere decent to go to toilet, and demonstrates how women and girls bear the brunt of this global crisis.
For more than 1.1 billion women and girls, this injustice results in an increased risk of poor health, limited education, harassment and even attack.
Among the other findings, all 10 of the world’s worst countries for access to basic sanitation are in sub-Saharan Africa, where only 28 per cent of people have decent toilet, and children are 14 times more likely to die before the age of five than in developed regions.
The statement indicated that in Djibouti, a major route for refugees from the Yemen war, has the worst figures for open defecation, with a 7.2% increase since 2000.
The report stated “Cambodia has emerged from decades of conflict to become one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. It comes second for progress in reducing open defecation as well as improving access to basic sanitation.”
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