Toilet Poverty

For Those in Poverty, Dental Care and Sanitation Can Be Spiraling Cycles

For those in poverty, dental care is a luxury beyond their ability to afford. And yet, oral hygiene is needed in order to maintain overall health. According to one study, “oral infection, especially periodontitis, may affect the course and pathogenesis of a number of systemic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes mellitus, and low birth weight.”[1]

Most people don’t realize the cyclical nature of many diseases for those in poverty. For instance, dental hygiene is affected by how the mouth is cared for and what goes into the mouth. If someone in poverty does not have access to clean water or healthy food, then their dental care will suffer and the rest of their health will suffer because of all these factors.

Very closely related, though we may not want to think of it, is a person’s access to proper sanitation or waste management. Many rural villages in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have difficult cycles of no sanitation, leading to contamination of crops and ground water, which cause illness and diarrhea. This leads the people needing to use the bathroom again, but with no place to go, they resort to open defecation. And the cycle goes back around again. Eventually the contaminated water ends up being used to drink or cook or clean with by the villagers, only continuing the cycle

One of the key ways GFA World is trying to stop this cycle of illnesses by helping villages to get proper toilets. This major advancement in hygiene will help break the contamination cycle.

Building a toilet structure with an efficient dual-tank system costs $540. Depending on its location, the structure may be comprised of different materials, but the dual-tank system will always be used for optimized sanitation.

It takes generous supporters to build these facilities, and you can be a part of this essential work. Consider sponsoring the entire amount so that a structure can be built as soon as possible. You can also give $54 as part of a group of sponsors to bring the facility to the village together.

You can know, too, that these facilities bring incredible dignity to the people who use them. This is truly one of the most loving ways we can serve another human being, to give them their dignity. Join us today in this life-saving and giving work.

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[1] Xiaojing Li, Kristin M. Kolltveit, Leif Tronstad, and Ingar Olsen. “Systemic Diseases Caused by Oral Infection.” National Library of Medicine. October 2000.