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Would you pay to use public toilets?

Africa HYS team | 12:30 UK time, Wednesday, 12 October 2011

As the Global Forum for Sanitation takes place in the Indian city of Mumbai, Africa Have Your Say is asking if you would be willing to pay to use toilet facilities.

Toilet paper

Diarrhoea caused by not washing hands after going to the toilet is the biggest killer of children under five in Africa. But how can you wash your hands if there are no facilities in the first place?

How is access to public toilets where you are? What do you think should be done to improve the situation? 

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 12 September at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Yes there is access to public toilets. In order to improve the situation there should be minimum standards set particularly for all new developments. These must include public toilet facilities at initial development stage. I do not mind paying as long as the amount is not for profit but is on either cost recovery basis or as a share of cost. [Personal details removed by Moderator]

  • Comment number 2.

    I travel from the U.S.A. to my home country Cameroon and my biggest fear often is not the armed robber but fear of the need to use the toilet when I am on a trip.Yes I will pay for a clean toilet any time because there is nothing more disgusting than a nasty toilet.

  • Comment number 3.

    I would rather paying for public toilet than having to see other people's feces on beaches and nearby bushes and forests. Though many people in my country (Liberia) would not be able to afford paying for public rest rooms, governments should be able to subsidize these services.

  • Comment number 4.

    I am willing to pay for the service. In SA at some filling stations it is not a suprise to pay for the service. i attach the money paid with hygiene of the facility. the money is income for those who clean and secure the place

  • Comment number 5.

    Public means free. Hence paying for public toilet is just not right.Remember people pay taxes for basic nessessities in return.

  • Comment number 6.

    Most of such projects in my country Cameroon have failed because of the price tag attached to it. People don't have money to eat, talk less of that to pay for public toilet

  • Comment number 7.

    Sanitary facilities are big concerns in Africa. I recall back in school that our toilets were so unusable that some morning we often found one people's feces in classrooms!!! From my personal opinion, I think the idea of public paid toilets cannot survive in the Cameroonian deep-rooted corrupt system. Meanwhile the taxpayers and innocent pupils will continue to suffer.

  • Comment number 8.

    I would pay to use for a public toilet. The problem is that most of the public conveniences built in India in the 70s and 80s and the way they were maintained, made them basically not fit for use by animals. Today in Delhi you have a sprinkling of new toilets which are clean and maintained. No one would mind paying for them. Further it gives people ooking after them a job

  • Comment number 9.

    There is no problem in paying public toilets, it help those people who are far a way from their places, and it make it important as the kind of development to use the outside toilet apart from yours.

  • Comment number 10.

    I WILL PAY ANY AMOUNT TO USE A PUBLIC TOILET. IF U HAVE NAVER BEEN PRESSED BEFORE, THEN YOU CAN ASK THAT QUESTION BUT IF YOU HAVE, YOU WILL DO ANYTHING TO PAY FOR PUBLIC CONVIENCE. IT IS LIFE SAVING TRUST ME!

  • Comment number 11.

    I would rather pay for using a public toilet than have none available or an incredibly unhygenic one.[Personal details removed by Moderator]

 

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