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In the run up to World Toilet Day, the Under-Secretary of State for International Development, my hon. Friend Mr O'Brien, visited a sanitation project in Bangladesh to publicise the need for strong support in providing access to clean water, improved sanitation facilities and better hygiene practices.
These initiatives complement DFID's commitments to making sure 15 million more people have access to clean drinking water, 25 million more people have access to improved sanitation facilities and 15 million more people are reached by hygiene promotion.
DFID country offices were also involved in activities to promote sanitation on World Toilet Day. For example, DFID's Head of Office in Sierra Leone participated in an event organised by the Ministry of Health, the Urban WASH Consortium and UNICEF at a school in the east of the capital, Freetown.