Poor Sanitation in Kenya Costs US $324 million/year

ImageThe World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program has a new visual, Infographic: What’s a Toilet Worth? The global  cost of poor sanitation is estimated at a yearly US$260 billion. You can read the entire article here but in Kenya alone  the cost is US$324 million from premature death, health care costs, and lost work hours searching for a private place to defecate and from sanitation-related health problems.

What are the benefits of good toilet facilities and its partner, sanitation practices? You can probably already guess some of them but below is a snippet from the large infographic. I’m not sure how you measure that all-important dignity but, to put a dollar amount on the benefits, the return is $5 for each dollar invested.

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