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This figure is according to a survey conducted by the World Health Organization {WHO}. Children around the world miss this much number of school days each year, that is equivalent to all grade school and high school classrooms in the Philippines being empty for one month! And the culprit for these missed school days you ask? Yes, diseases caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, including using unsanitary toilets. It it extremely unfortunate that these sanitation-related concerns get in the way of children’s learning and ultimately in improving the quality of their lives. I for one would never want illnesses to get in the way of the little man’s learning or in my family’s precious bonding time.

There are a number of illnesses we can acquire from toilet sanitation, including diarrhoeal disease and parasitic worm infections that can lead to nutritional deficiencies, physical and mental stunting, and even death. And it is sad to know that millions of children in rural communities and urban households nationwide are exposed to these health problems everyday by using dirty toilets populated by disease-carrying germs.

So what to do to help solve global sanitation problem?

The simple act of proper toilet sanitation goes a long way in protecting our children and families from disease-causing germs. And, yes, more often than not, ordinary laundry bleach is not enough to kill all toilet germs and sanitize our toilets at home. A clean-looking toilet may just be reeking with germs and bacteria and we need a germ-kill expert with proven efficacy in eliminating bacteria, that is why it is a wise and practical move to sanitize our toilets with Domex.

World Toilet Day and One Million Clean Toilets Movement

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We celebrate the World Toilet Day on 13 November, and for the past 3 years now, Unilever Philippines’ Domex has been working with UNICEF and PPHA to champion the One Million Clean Toilets Movement, an advocacy program aiming to educate Filipinos about proper toilet hygiene and the need to sanitized household toilets in order to keep our families healthy and safe.

You can also lend a hand in the One Million Clean Toilets Movement and join the fight against disease causing germs to save lives, one toilet at a time, not only by making sure you have a sanitized toilet at home, but also by spreading the word about it. I urge you to watch this eye-opening video and share it to your families and friends, to help spread awareness on the dangers of un-sanitized toilets.

For more information about the One Million Clean Toilets Movement, and to learn more about Domex and how to keep your home germ-free, visit the Domex Philippines Facebook Page,  or search for the hashtag #1MCleanToilets in your social media pages.

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