Today the world marks the annual World Toilet Day, an opportunity to send a loud reminder that 2.5 billion people are living without access to basic toilet, sanitation and hygiene facilities.
But the problem does not stop there: the lack of a toilet and other such basic sanitation sicken millions and kill hundreds of thousands of people every year, including 800,000 children who die annually from easily preventable diarrhoea.
"The scale and global nature of the water and sanitation crisis demand stronger statesmanship, vision and international action. To master the crisis, we must address its effects and causes. The economic, social, water and environmental aspects must be properly coordinated in any response," said Green Cross International (GCI) Founder, Mikhail Gorbachev, in a statement.
Green Cross International, and many of its national partners, works actively to support global efforts to respond to this sanitation crisis.
Through our Smart Water for Green Schools project, launched in 2010, Green Cross is ensuring communities in Ghana, Bolivia, Ivory Coast, China and elsewhere have access to new latrines, as well as education on hygiene and sanitation.
GCI was founded in 1993 by Nobel Peace Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev and is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization advocating and working globally to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and conducts on-the-ground projects in more than 30 countries around the world.