Global toilet sanitation problem leads to 443 million missed school days

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As moms, we are most concerned with keeping our kids healthy so as to avoid sickness that lead to missed school days. Oftentimes, we forget that poor sanitation and hygiene practices can also be the culprit as proven by a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO).   Children from around the world miss 443 million school days each year because of this. It's like all grade school and high school classrooms in the Philippines being empty for a month!

Diarrhea and parasitic worm infections are just a few of the illnesses that children can get from poor toilet sanitation. Eventually, these diseases lead to poor nutrition, physical and mental stunting, and even death. Simply put, dirty toilets = diseases.

According to Dr. Luisa Efren of the Philippine Public Health Association (PPHA), the simple act of proper toilet sanitation can help prevent the spread of these germs. However, children continue to be at risk from these deadly diseases because many households still use ordinary laundry bleach to clean their toilet bowls, which is not enough to kill all toilet germs.

For the past 3 years, the One Million Clean Toilets Movement have been educating  Filipinos on proper toilet hygiene and the need to have clean, sanitized toilet for disease prevention in the home. This advocacy is brought to us by Unilever Philippines through its germ-kill expert brand, Domex, and in partnership with the UNICEF and PPHA.

You, too, can join the fight against disease-causing germs by joining the One Million Clean Toilets Movement on November 13, World Toilet Day. Let's all do our share in saving lives, one clean toilet at a time. You may also help spread awareness of this campaign by watching and sharing the "Sick Days" video I posted here.

To learn more about Domex and how you can stay safe from disease with a germ-free home, visit Domex Philippines on Facebook.

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