Aasu Ram explains her toilet mural, Ganespur Community of Bastipur NEWAH WASH project Siraha, Udayapur District, Nepal. Photo by Jim Holmes for AusAID. Aasu Ram explains her toilet mural in Siraha, Udayapur District, Nepal. Photo by Jim Holmes for AusAID.

In 2015, about 50% of Nepalis had access to toilets or improved sanitation. In the same year, about 100% of Nepalis had mobile cellular subscriptions.

Both mobiles and toilets are important. But historical data shows that Nepal needs to do more to increase access to toilets and improved sanitation.

In 2005, just ten years before, almost 30 percent or almost one in three Nepalis had access to toilets, while less than 1 percent of people in Nepal had access to mobile phones. Since then, mobile subscriptions have skyrocketed.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case with toilets.  

Look at these charts below.

What do you think Nepal can do to make sure every family has a toilet? Share your thoughts in the comments!