World Toilet Day (initiated by Singapore!) falls on every 19th November. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the global challenge of sanitation and toilets. Here at home, we are often spoilt with choices of clean, sparkling restrooms but about 2.5 billion people around the world lack access to improved sanitation. Let’s take a closer look at unique toilet experiences around the world, and explore how or what we can do to improve sanitation wherever we are.
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Health and Sanitation Travel Tips
Traveller’s Diarrhoea is probably the most common health problem faced by travellers, and much dreaded for good reasons. Who would want to suffer cramps and rush to the toilet every few minutes? Mainly spread through contaminated food and water and/or poor hygiene practices, we can reduce the risks of getting bowel disorders or traveller’s diarrhoea by being mindful of what we eat, use water purification or take anti-bacterial pills and keep good hygiene practices.
However, did you know that diarrhoea resulting from poor sanitation such as inadequate toilets and dirty water kills 315,000 children yearly?
This is largely due to inadequate access to improved sanitation facilities and clean water. From spreading awareness to voluntourism (check out the The Hunger Project), there’s a lot that we can do to help improve living conditions and save lives.
If you are travelling to developing countries with lower sanitation standards, here are some travels tips to follow:
- Use disposable toilet seat cover to save you from germs and infection
- For ladies who prefer to stand and pee (because the toilet seat is too dirty), consider Pee Buddy – a portable urination device
- Intimate wet wipes are convenient and useful in replacement of water!
- Wash your hands with soap thoroughly after using the toilet, and especially before eating
- Dry your hands with paper towels or use the hand dryers
- Carry a pocket-sized bottle of hand sanitizer and use it frequently
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and face
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Information is accurate as at 19 November 2019. This policy is underwritten by Etiqa Insurance Pte. Ltd. (Company Reg. No. 201331905K). Protected up to specified limits by SDIC.
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