In developing countries, a surprising barrier to education for girls

Students in class
Student at primary school in Freetown Sierra Leone. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Not a lot of people want to talk about it, but in much of the developing world, one of the top barriers to girls’ education is the lack of access to safe, private toilets. In fact, in many areas it’s the number one cause of school absenteeism, ahead of malaria and other diseases. In the United States, being able to find a safe, private bathroom is something that most of us take for granted. But only 45% of schools in the least developed and low-income countries have adequate sanitation facilities.

Read the complete article at the Institute for Public Health Blog.