150 years ago the smell in London caused by lack of sanitation was so bad that Parliament was forced t take action. In less than three weeks a bill was passed and the building of the city's sewers began. In the 40 years following this, life expectancy increased by 15 years.
Photo by matthewberry, on Flickr.
2.6 billion people do not have adequate sanitation. That is 40% of the world's population. Investment in sanitation can give the greatest returns and can pay for itself many times over, yet it remains one of the most neglected areas in development work.
As the WaterAid article says, it's time to make a stink about poor sanitation.