World Toilet Day: Access to sanitation also protects women and girls

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UN Photo/Patricia Esteve

World Toilet Day, observed on 19 November, aims to improve sanitation access for the more than 500 million women and girls who are forced to use the bathroom outdoors.

Experts in public health and child welfare say lack of access to these facilities can be humiliating and even dangerous for women.

TV film seeks to score "real wins" in the fight against malaria

Richard Curtis

The television film Mary and Martha tells the story of two mothers—one American, the other British—who lose their sons to malaria.

Screenwriter Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) hopes it will raise awareness and funds to combat a disease which kills more than 600,000 people annually, most of them children.

UN Radio's Patrick Maigua in Geneva sat down with Mr. Curtis and Hervé Verhoosel of the Roll Back Malaria partnership to learn how ordinary people can make a difference in the fight against malaria.

Producer: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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