More than four billion people live without a household toilet. November 19 is designated as World Toilet Day by the UN to create awareness and inspire action around this global sanitation crisis.
Communities who grapple with the challenge of safe water and better sanitation often turn to our public health animation—The Story of Cholera—to help teach safe sanitation and hygiene practices. Originally developed to assist with education during the Haitian cholera epidemic in 2010, it is now used all over the world to help communities understand how cholera—and waterborne diseases in general—is spread and steps they can take to prevent it. We estimate the film has been watched well over 200 million times.
The Story of Cholera will soon be added to the permanent safe water exhibition at the Center for Disease Control (David J. Sencer CDC Museum) in Atlanta. It has won over 20 awards, including, most recently, winner of the 2017 CUGH-Pulitzer Video Competition for Innovations in Global Health. The Story of Cholera is available in more than 40 languages.