1. Around the world 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation.
The World Health Organization defines improved sanitation as facilities that hygienically separate human excreta from human contact.
2. Open defecation is practiced by 1 billion people worldwide.
3. A gram of human feces can contain 10 million viruses and 1 billion bacteria.
4. Nearly 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die every year from diarrhea globally.
Diarrhea also makes children more vulnerable to malnutrition and other infections.