It's no joke: The State of the World's Toilets 2015

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Women line up outside a restored community toilet, Kanpur, India. WaterAid/ Poulomi Basu

We all laugh at toilet humour – but the state of the world’s toilets is really no joke.

For people in developed countries, flushing a toilet and turning on a tap are normal. But more than 650 million people in the world do not have clean water, and more than 2.3 billion do not have a decent toilet.

Diarrhoea is one of the three most common killers of young children globally, along with pneumonia and malaria. Most of these deaths – 58% – could be prevented with clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

That is 315,000 children children under five who could be saved every year.

This is a problem that can be solved. This report shows us where we need to start.