Joining Forces With UNICEF In The Global Battle Against Poor Sanitation And Open Defecation

892 million people around the world currently defecate in the open [1]. This can be life threatening. When human waste isn’t properly disposed of, it contaminates water supplies and spreads deadly diseases with a child dying every two minutes from a disease linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation [2].

Action on a global scale is needed which is why Domestos set a target to help 25 million people gain access to a toilet by 2020 and partnered with UNICEF to help make it happen. So far we’ve helped 10 million people get access to toilets and we’re not stopping.

Poor water, sanitation and hygiene kills

There are one in three people in the world in danger of sickness and disease because they don’t have access to a sanitary toilet [3]. This in turn affects the water supply which rapidly increases the spread of disease. Getting people a toilet and supporting this with hygiene and sanitation education can save lives.

Domestos and UNICEF’s work on sanitation in India

India, the world’s second-largest country by population, has the highest number of people in the world at 707 million without access to basic sanitation [4]. In 2018 the Domestos UNICEF partnership tightened its focus to India, working across the country to help people without toilets get access to one.

That’s how we’re helping to make a difference around the world –working with UNICEF to help millions of people without toilets gain access to them. Together we’re unstoppable when it comes to winning the war on poor sanitation.



[1] Progress on drinking water, sanitation and Hygiene: 2017 update and SDG baselines pg. 10 “892 million people worldwide still practice open defecation”

[2] WHO: 2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water. As a result, every year, 361,000 children under 5 years of age die due to diarrhoea. Poor sanitation and contaminated water are also linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid.

[3] Progress on drinking water, sanitation and Hygiene: 2017 update and SDG baselines pg.10 “2.3 billion people still lacked even a basic sanitation service”