Hanging latrines

The group of four bamboo structures in the background are toilets - at least, the only thing this slum community in Bangladesh has even close to a toilet. They are called hanging latrines. These hanging latrines are also just at the edge of a river bed. This water source is not only used by animals and humans, but it is where kids play and bathe, where women do laundry and wash dishes.

This leads to a great deal of water-borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, diarrhea, dysentery, and skin disease - all which are entirely preventable.

This is why safe water, sanitation, and health and hygiene education are all critical for sustainable improvements in health. Join us in our holistic approach to bringing people clean water and sanitation.

Capital city: Dhaka
Population of 166 million
27.9 million lack safe water
74.8 million do not have improved sanitation services
Infant mortality rate of 4.5%
31.5% live in poverty

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