Timor-Leste campaign for Sanitation

Timor-Leste starts world – record campaign to save lives of 4000
children a day

On monday 22 March Government and Water Sector Agencies in Dili
will form a queue before a model toilet to raise awareness on
sanitation among the Politicians, Government, Civil society and
Individuals in Timor-Leste and to urge international agencies to
tackle the global sanitation crisis.

This event is being organized in front of Palacio do Governo (Prime-
minister office) from 3 pm to 5 pm.

We are expecting prime minister, ministers, parliamentarian, government
staffs, members of civil society, school children and individual
citizens to join the queue.

This event will mark UN World Water Day, the queue will see tens of
thousands of people in over 60 countries – from Australia to Zambia –
for the toilet to draw attention to the fact that 4,000 children die
every day because of lack of access to sanitation and safe water.

Government In Timor-Leste, is starting to prioritize sanitation, and
are hosting the queue to express its continuing commitment for
sanitation and will call on the International Aid Agencies to take
action at the first ever High Level Meeting on Water and Sanitation
taking place in Washington on 23 rd of April to allocate enough funding
for Sanitation.

Lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation affects more than 2.6
billion people globally and 4000 children under the age of five die
every day from preventable illnesses such as diarrhea, typhoid, cholera
and dysentery.

In Timor-Leste, Diarrohea is leading cause of under five child death.
1020 children die per year which is 22% of total 5000 children that die
every year.

A recent report demonstrates that the health costs of inadequate water
and sanitation in Timor Leste are US$ 17 m, equivalent to 4.8% of GDP
in 2006.

This event aims to confirm Government of Timor-Leste’s commitment to
tackle this crisis and urge the global governments to commit to taking
action to provide the world’s poorest with access to both clean water
and safe sanitation.

*For further details: Sr. Joao Piadade, Chief of Sanitation Department –
DNSAS, hp: 7258718*

For more information see http://www.worldtoiletqueue.org

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