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Open Defecation is a Serious Threat

In India, more than 597 million population defecates in the open every day mainly due to lack of sanitation facilities.Many people do not have a toilet in their home in rural areas.Lack of lavatories forces them to defecate outside in the open with no privacy.Open defecation creates many health hazards and also poses serious threat to women and children.It leads to the spread of fatal diseases like diarrhea, cholera and typhoid.It also causes hepatitis, polio, worm infestation, impaired cognitive function and reduced physical growth.

Many children aged below five years old in India die every year due to the water-borne diseases like diarrhea and cholera. Poor health amenities make children more vulnerable to malnutrition and also affects their learning abilities.Lack of sanitation facilities leads to the increased drop out of adolescent girls from the school.Open defecation exposes women and young girls at higher risks of rape and abuse.Inadequate and lack of toilet facilities puts women and girls in trouble to manage menstrual hygiene.

Many unwary people in rural areas defecates in open inspite of having toilet facilities without knowing about its potential danger.They do it in open because they feel relax to relieve in open air.Human excreta contains large number of germs which causes diseases. Defecating in open can spread infectious diseases. When people defecate in the open, flies will feed on the excreta which contain germs and then they fly and spread diseases by feeding on other things.For example, if it touches the food, the germs in the excreta are passed onto the food, and a person who eats will be affected.

Open defecation makes ground water polluted with faeces. Drinking water and crops grown there also becomes harmful.To stop sexual violence and to live a healthy life, toilet facility is must for everyone and importance of using toilets and its impact on health must be taught.

Improved sanitation facility is essential for good and hygiene life.Stop defecating in open and start using toilets to reduce hospital expenses and also to reduce the death of children due to fatal diseases.

 Domex, HUL’s flagship sanitation brand, currently runs the Domex Toilet Academy (DTA) programme with an aim to build 24000 toilets by 2015 in rural areas for people facing with the problem of open defecation.

Practicing open defecation is life threatening as it causes many serious infections, diseases and epidemics.For a healthy and safe life, toilet access must be available for every individual.#ToiletForBabli is needed to survive, grow and develop as healthy individual.

Let's spread the message of the harmful effects of open defecation to eradicate it and also join Domex in their latest initiative to help make villages ‘open-defecation’ free.

Show your support by participating in the "You Click Domex Contributes" initiative at to bring about the change in the lives of millions of kids who suffers every day without basic sanitation facilities.All you need to do is “click” on the “Contribute Tab” on and Domex will contribute Rs.5 on your behalf to eradicate the menace of open defecation in the country and help everyone live a dignified life.


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