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Lord Avebury writes… World Toilet Day and sanitation: an unspoken problem

Today is World Toilet Day and it is important to remember that 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation. One in three women across the world risks shame, disease, harassment and even attack because they do not have a safe place to go to the toilet. This is unthinkable in the UK, but a reality in the developing world and the impact is devastating. Absence of clean toilets and inadequate sanitation facilities are key causes of diarrhoeal disease, the second largest killer of children worldwide, causing around 760,000 child deaths every year. Diarrhoeal disease is also a contributing factor to malnutrition, which in turn can lead to stunted growth and impede cognitive development.

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    expats, I don't see anything you just wrote as in conflict with anything I wrote. We should be opposing the government taking away people's top-ups....
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    Looking at the detailed results, it appears that Green and Independent voters were reasonably evenly split between the SNP and the Lib Dems as second...
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    Congratulations & thanks to our team. Skip this if you have already seen my earlier comment. Looking at the 9 byelections I have been able...
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    I don't care who the third party is, I won't give consent to transfer my personal information to them.
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    What's that faint familiar sound I can hear? It might just be Charles Kennedy's gentle chuckle. :)