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I Wouldn’t Miss a Thing with Clean Baths

November 10, 2015
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I love big baths and I cannot lie…!
Seriously, I am okay with small toilets as long as it is clean and well-maintained. It is one of my concerns whenever I travel and book a hotel.
Did you know that 443 million school days are missed school because of toilet sanitation problem?

I received the information via mail and I thought I would share. According to a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), children around the world miss an estimated 443 million school days each year because of diseases caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, including using unsanitary toilets.
The figure is equivalent to grade school and high school classrooms in the Philippines being empty for one month!
Can you just imagine how this affects and hinders the children’s learning and significantly reduces their quality of life. I personally missed a lot of things whenever I feel sick. 
Illnesses due to poor toilet sanitation include diarrhoeal disease and parasitic worm infections which can lead to nutritional deficiencies, physical and mental stunting, and death. Every day, millions of children in rural communities and urban households nationwide are exposed to these health problems by using dirty toilets populated by disease-carrying germs. The thought of it makes me cringe.  
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. Unfortunately, some of the households still use ordinary bleach to clean their toilets which puts children at risk from these deadly diseases. These bleach and detergents are not created to kill germs.

“A toilet that looks clean to the naked eye may not necessarily be free from germs and bacteria. So, it is very important to properly sanitize all surfaces using a germ-kill expert with proven efficacy in eliminating bacteria, and not just any ordinary laundry bleach,” Dr. Efren warned.

For the past three years, Unilever Philippines through its germ-kill expert brand Domex, has been working with UNICEF and PPHA to champion the One Million Clean Toilets Movement. This advocacy program aims to educate Filipinos on proper toilet hygiene and the need for sanitized household toilets to keep their families safe against disease-causing germs.
Join us on November 13 for the  World Toilet Day, One Million Clean Toilets Movement in the fight against disease causing germs to save lives, one clean toilet at a time. 
Help this advocacy and the  1 Million Clean Toilets Movement fight against disease by spreading awareness on the sanitation issue caused unsanitary toilets.

 If you care about your family and kids, watch and share the “Sick Days” video  and this post! 

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