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Party Pooper: Study Finds 1/3 of the World Without Toilets

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DALLAS, TX - Officials in Highland Park are so upset over portable toilets, they've asked builders to hide them. That's inspired a Sitting Pretty Porta Potty Screen contest.

The winner will be announced later this month, but a lot of people would just be grateful to have a place to use the bathroom in private.

According to a new report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, a whopping one third of the world's population don’t have toilets!

That's a big deal when it comes to water sanitation issues. In fact, the report claims 161 million children get sick or die from water-related diseases or malnutrition every year.

India is at the top of the list with an estimated 640 million people forced to relieve themselves outside and it's only going to get worse since their government just cut the sanitation budget in half.

But not all progress has been flushed away; 2.1 billion people have had access to better sanitation since 1990.

The United Nations is proposing a $2.5 trillion investment to save lives and improve conditions for folks who are still waiting. It's also a big priority for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,  which aims to bring sanitized water to poor countries.

Who knew solving a lot of the world`s problems could center around a porcelain seat? Let`s hope all these efforts pay off and people don't flush a bunch of money down the drain.

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