20 November 2012 —Green Cross International is launching new sanitation projects in Côte d’Ivoire and Argentina as part of a global campaign to address a sanitation crisis that sees over one-third of the world’s population – 2.5 billion people – live without access to basic toilets. The campaign coincides with this week’s World Toilet Day. GCI Water for Life and Peace Program director Marie-Laure Vercambre said the absence of sanitation was not only a major public health issue for billions of people worldwide, but it also posed major social, economic and education challenges for communities, most of which are in the developing world. Green Cross is expanding its Smart Water for Green Schools project in Argentina and Côte d’Ivoire. The project, which provides safe sustainable water and sanitation systems to communities in need, was established in 2010 and is already active in Bolivia, Ghana, and China. The Argentinian projects, sponsored by the Alstom Foundation and implemented by Green Cross Argentina, will provide sewage disposal to existing latrine blocks at six schools of the economically challenged Chubut Province in the Patagonian plateau.