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Perth parliamentarians Mr Pete Wishart MP, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, and Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member for the Scottish Parliament for the Perthshire South & Kinross-shire constituency, have given their support to efforts to help those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy by twinning the toilet at their parliamentary office with a newly-built toilet in Malawi through Tearfund’s Toilet Twinning programme.

Speaking this afternoon, Ms Cunningham said:

“I was inspired to take this step when I discovered that the toilet in St Andrew’s Church, in Crieff, where I was holding a surgery, was part of the Toilet Twinning Scheme; I investigated further and Pete and I decided we should support the scheme by twinning our office toilet.

“Anyone can support this great scheme and just by donating £60 to twin your toilet, you help those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy.

“It is really not that long ago that many people in this country didn’t have access to an indoor toilet, now that seems like a different world.  Change can happen and it makes a massive difference.  

“It really is incredible to think that 1 in 3 people across the world don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet. Bad sanitation is one of the world’s biggest killers and it hits women, children, old and sick people hardest. Every minute, a child under the age of five dies because of dirty water and poor sanitation. Around half the people in the world have an illness caused by bad sanitation.

“We can all do a little bit to help flush that away.”

Mr Wishart continued:

“When Roseanna suggested this step to me, I agreed straight away.   Twinning your toilet might sound a bit silly but the issues it helps to address are far from funny.

“According to the World Health Organisation, 2.3 billion people don’t have somewhere safe and hygienic to go to the toilet. The lack of a loo makes women and girls a target for sexual attack as they go to the toilet in the open, late at night. And almost 1,000 children die every day from preventable diseases linked to dirty water and unsafe toilets.

“These are dreadful statistics but by contributing to organisations like Tearfund, we can help with programmes which improve education on the importance of sanitation and work with communities to provide the toilets that can have such a transformational impact.”

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design