According to The Economist (2011) Cholera most forcibly teaches us our mutual connection. Nothing shows more powerfully the duty of every man to look after the needs of others. So said Titus Salt, a Victorian wool baron who worked to put an end to cholera in Yorkshire. It was cholera, as much as the great stink, which led London’s masters to build vast sewers, install toilets, and promote hygiene. The liquid diarrhoea and vomit jetted out by a body infected by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae is a reminder, in extreme form, of the danger lurking in the excrement which flows from every human settlement, creating a problem few want to go near. And with the urban population in poor countries soaring, cholera is still a pressing concern. What can be done? We can take a proactive measure by ensuring that poor communities are provided with needed incentives like, modern public restrooms and washbasin to help promote sanitation and hygiene thereby improving health and enhancing quality of life.According to the world health organization,2.6 billion people around the world lack access to a latrine that is not overflowing, that is affordable, and that has a tap nearby to wash hands. Some 1 billion defecate outdoors.
This is the cat method, where faeces are rolled in sand or dirt next to the village that attracts flies and spreads disease, like eye infections and gastrointestinal diseases among others. A solution entails better sanitation for all; that means reinventing the public restrooms. We have had momentouslosses over the years for the simple fact that sanitation in underprivileged communities has constantly been swept under the rug both locally and internationally. Now is the time to refocus our attention and re-exert our energy by aggressively combating this plight and ensuring that poor sanitation, hygiene, and preventable disease along with its impact in under privileged communities are takenseriously and fundedadequately to ensure the restoration of dignity and hope to many of these forgotten communities around the world.