Second Annual INGO Report Shows More Than 700 Million People Without Proper Sanitation Are Prone to Preventable IllnessesOTTAWA, Nov. 17, 2016/CNW/ - One child dies every two minutes from diarrheal diseases. The physical and cognitive development of 159 million children under the age of five is stunted because of repeated bouts of diarrhea caused by dirty water, poor sanitation and hygiene. According to Overflowing Cities, WaterAid's second annual report on the state of the world's toilets, more than 700 million people live in urban areas without proper sanitation. The report, which examines the status of urban sanitation around the globe, demonstrates this is becoming an increasingly pressing issue. "By 2050, two-thirds of the world's population is expected to live in towns and cities," says Nicole Hurtubise, CEO of WaterAid Canada. "Put into context, the line-up for people waiting for toilets in our cities and towns would stretch around the world 29 times. Everyone deserves access to a toilet, not only for personal dignity, but to avoid the many preventable health risks, such as cholera and Ebola, associated with improper sanitation. It's crucial we confront the issue now to prepare for the future.""This report exposes several countries for failing to make progress in providing urban sanitation, despite rapid economic growth," says Andrés Hueso, senior policy analyst on sanitation, WaterAid. "Good sanitation is the bedrock of public health. We need to prioritize the provision of safe toilets for everyone for a healthier, more sustainable future."