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WASH – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

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When it was launched on November 19, 2001, and later in 2013 when it became an official UN day, UN World Toilet Day has focused primarily on the poorest countries in the ‘Global South’. However, additional information now also highlights a surprising level of poverty-related neglected diseases linked to inadequate sanitation in impoverished areas of wealthy countries.  PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), PLOS Medicine, Speaking of Medicine, and the PLOS family of journals are committed to highlighting the impact of WASH and allied measures on reducing the global burden of neglected diseases.

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