Open defecation raises risk in typhoon-hit areas

December 19, 2013

"Health officials and aid workers have expressed concern over increased levels of open defecation and a higher risk of disease in typhoon-affected areas of the Philippines, where water and sewage systems were destroyed and access to sanitation facilities is often difficult...Action Against Hunger (ACF), an international NGO, is piloting a project that will temporarily address the lack of latrines with Peepoo bags, a personal single-use toilet in the form of a bag that is easy to carry. 'It's a temporary solution which we will be distributing to areas that have no more existing sanitary facilities,' said Jesus Baena, a water and sanitation specialist with ACF."