November 2018: Venus Elementary School Joins World Toilet Day Celebration!

Human waste has always been the number 1 carrier of diseases worldwide. The world is waging a war not just in improper sanitation but most especially to the danger it brings. The force of exposure to human faeces on this scale has a devastating impact on people’s living and working conditions, nutrition, education, general public health, and economic productivity across the world. Up to this date, United Nation states that about 892 million people still defecate in the open, 1.8 billion People use drinking water source that can be contaminated with faeces and 62.5% of people worldwide do not have access to safe sanitation. The World Toilet Day, celebrated every 19th November, is a special day not just to people working in Health or Medicine community, but to the mass public. It aims to take action in every way possible to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030. 

This is part of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: sanitation and water. SDG 6 aims to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet and that no-one practises open defecation by 2030. Last November 19, 2018, With the Theme: When Nature Calls, Venus Elementary School of Sergio OsmeƱa Municipality, Zamboanga del Norte actively celebrated the World Toilet Day. It was spearheaded by the team Venus Medical Students. An interactive program was held in the said school that had pupils from Grades 1 to 3 as participants. The program started off with information campaign on the importance of water and sanitation, and proper defecation. The pupils were intently listening to their ates and kuya docs teaching them proper hand washing, its significance, and how diseases are spread in the community by not observing the said practices properly. The second part of the program was the games and prizes. There was pera o bayong, and questions and answers. The kids were all trying best in involving themselves in the program.

 The said program was conducted was conducted in local dialect. The pupils were vigoriously participative. At the end of the day, they have completely memorised the 8 simple steps to proper hand washing technique. They also went home each with a with recyclable gift bag from their ates and kuya docs that has a hand towel and hand soap inside. 

This year’s campaign is based on the following narrative: “When nature calls, we need a toilet. But, billions of people don’t have one. This means human faeces, on a massive scale, are not being captured or treated – contaminating the water and soil that sustain human life. We are turning our environment into an open sewer. We must build toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with ecosystems.”





We are nine (9) passionate, dedicated and goal-oriented medical students with diverse personalities who came together to achieve one goal. We are an all-scholar group with the intention to serve God and His people. For the next four years in the medical school, we have a vision to help the people in the community to become self-reliant. Through community participation and cooperation, everything can be achieved. We choose to serve the community. We choose to serve Venus. | web counter hits


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