443M school days are missed every year due to poor toilet sanitation #1MCleanToilets #WorldToiletDay2015 #Domex
Poor toilet sanitation hinder's the children's learning and significantly reduces their quality of life. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported an estimate of 443 million school days each year because of diseases caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices including using unsanitary toilets. This number of sick days is equivalent to all grade school and high school classrooms in the Philippines being empty for one month. Illnesses acquired due to poor sanitation include urinary tract infection, diarrehoeal disease and parasitic worm infections that may lead to nutritional deficiencies, physical and mental stunting to more importantly, death. Everyday, millions of children in rural communities and urban households nationwide are exposed to these health problems and the simple act of proper toilet sanitation can help prevent the spread of these germs according to Dr. Luisa Efren of the Philippine Public Health Association (PPHA). Children continue to be at risk from these deadly diseases because many households still use ordinary laundry bleach to clean their toilet bowls. "A toilet that looks clean to the naked eye may not necessarily be free from germs and bacteria. So, it is very important to properly sanitize all surfaces using a germ-kill expert with proven efficacy in eliminating bacteria and not just an ordinary laundry bleach, " Dr. Efren warned.
On its 3rd year of working with UNICEF and PPHA, Unilever Philippines through its germ-kill expert brand Domex continue to raise awareness on proper toilet sanitation with One Million Clean Toilets Movement. This advocacy program aims to educate Filipinos on proper toilet hygiene and the need for sanitized household toilets to keep their families safe against disease-causing germs. This is a major problem in schools and many of my students are also affected missing their classes due to lack of clean toilets. It is time to act and help save more children. On November 13, World Toilet Day, join the One Million Clean Toilets Movement in the fight against disease-causing germs to save lives, one clean toilet at a time. To learn more about Domex and how you can stay safe from disease with a germ-free home, visit Domex Philippines on Facebook. Visit https://www.facebook.com/DomexPhilippines and click pledge to help save lives today. You can also help the #1MillionCleanToiletsMovement by watching and sharing the "Sick Days" video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypMNHyUwQOQ) to help keep your family and friends germ-free.