Tuesday marked World Toilet Day, the annual attempt to push the issue of open defecation back into the spotlight and highlight the preventable illnesses that are caused by what is still a very common practice in Cambodia, which has the lowest toilet coverage in Southeast Asia. Defecating in the open contaminates local water sources and causes a significant rural public health risk including diarrhea and stunting in children, and though the government has set a target of universal access to toilets by 2025, currently just 28 percent of the rural population has access to a latrine, according to the most
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