Monday, November 18, 2013

Bathroom Humor with a Serious Message

Louie the Loo
Nov. 19 is World Toilet Day (#worldtoiletday), calling attention to a huge global problem. To spread the message, Water Aid recruited Louie the Loo, who sings and answers interview questions.

A third of the world's population lacks sanitary and safe toilet facilities. (Worldwide, more people have cell phones than access to toilets!) The situation is worst in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The effects include illness, lost productivity, and death (diarrhea is a leading cause of child mortality).  Women and girls are particularly vulnerable.

For more information, see the World Toilet Organization website.

For discussion of access to water and sanitation as a human right, see:
World Toilet Day logo

Louie the Loo's song is cute, but we might turn to a different Louie for a slogan for the toilet issue:

"Oh no, me gotta go!" 

—Richard Berry, Louie Louie (popularized by The Kingsmen and considered by many to be Washington State's unofficial state song)

Graphics: Screen snip from Louie the Loo video. Logo from

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