November 19 is world toilet day - and what the world needs now is more of the, 11/19/2012, 12:00 am
Reminder from: J-H-R Yahoo! Group Title: November 19 is world toilet day - and what the world needs now is more of the Date: Monday November 19, 2012 Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am Location: Worldwide, http://www.operationeyesight.com/Page.aspx?pid=202 Notes: CALGARY, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - Why in the world is an organization dedicated to the treatment and prevention of blindness spending money on toilets?
"Because believe it or not, toilets and blindness are directly connected," says Pat Ferguson, President Proper sanitation and clean water are in short supply in the developing world and that contributes to a high rate of unnecessary blindness and other serious health problems."
A new study conducted by Zambia's Ministry of Health and supported by Operation Eyesight found that trachoma was 28 per cent more likely to strike in households that do not have proper toilet facilities. The study, which covered five districts in Zambia, found that up to 80 per cent of the
households surveyed do not have toilets.
"Trachoma is caused by a bacterium and is easily spread from person to person and by flies which breed on human waste," says Ferguson. "So it's no surprise that proper sewage disposal helps to prevent this horrible disease."
Trachoma is the world's leading cause of preventable blindness. In parts of Zambia and Kenya where Operation Eyesight supports development projects designed to eliminate trachoma, up to 30 per cent of children age one to nine years are infected.
Operation Eyesight is working in close partnership with the governments of Kenya and Zambia and is a member of GET2020, the World Health Organization initiative to eradicate trachoma from the entire world by 2020. For more information about Operation Eyesight's trachoma projects, visit
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