The Urgency


Running for Sanitation Awareness


Why The Urgent Run

Sanitation is a basic human right.

Yet, 2.4 billion people in the world do not have access to proper sanitation  – the equivalent of 1/3 of the world’s population! Prolonged exposure to unhygienic conditions weakens a child’s immune system, stunts growth, and can cause malnutrition and diarrhoea-related diseases.

The silence around the impact of poor sanitation has dire consequences for human health, dignity and equality.

The Urgent Run is endorsed by UN-Water. Help us make this a reality by joining or hosting an Urgent Run!


Our Work

We are one of the few organisations whose sole focus is on toilets and sanitation.
The subject of sanitation has been severely neglected on the global development agenda.

Our work is focused on 4 key areas:

Advocate to change policy on sanitation.

Educate to change mind-sets on sanitation.

Build to develop sanitation infrastructure and capacity.

Empower to bring about long term social change on sanitation.


Our Vision

is to see a world where everyone, everywhere
has access to a clean, safe toilet and proper sanitation.
Help us make this a reality by joining or hosting an Urgent Run!


Our Mission

is to continue to build the global sanitation movement through
collaborative action that inspires and drives demand for sanitation, and provides innovative solutions to
achieve sustainable sanitation for all.