Globally, India has the largest number of people - more than 600 million - still defecating in the open. Less than half the population of the country use toilets - in rural areas, almost 70 per cent do not have access to toilets. And diarrhoea, due to the lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene, together with respiratory infections are the number one cause for child deaths in India.
Sanitation is vital for ensuring health, dignity and sustainable development. It can save hundreds of thousands of children who die every year.
Take ACTION now! Visit www.killthegerms.in to help spread the message among friends and family about ways to improve the hygiene and sanitation in the country.
Participate in the photo contest and win prizes. You can also use the Germ Application or simply donate for the cause.
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María Fernández Ruiz de Larrinaga