Meet Mr. Poo, The United Nations’ Latest Public Health Mascot

mrpooThe United Nation’s appears to be addressing a few matters other than Crimea. The Children’s Fund of UNICEF has launched its campaign Poo-to-Loo featuring Mr. Poo, a singing pile of human feces for reviewing in India. The video is below if you have finished your breakfast.


The video begins with a man sleeping and bed. He wakes and complains “First thing in the morning, what do I see? A pile of shit staring at me.” He is shown being chased by piles of poo before the town organizes to flush the little villains away.

The reason for the campaign is rather staggering. An estimated 620 million people in India (roughly half of the population) defecate in public with another 44 percent of mothers disposing of child waste in the open. The result is a high incidence of illness from human feces.

Now however Mr. Poo is on the scene with a catchy Bollywood-style tune.

Some in India have opposed the campaign as degrading or embarrassing while others question the use of English (those people who speak English are the most likely to be using toilets).

I am not sure how India’s new action figure will fare, but the again he does sort of look like a fecal version of the hulk.

God’s speed, Mr. Poo.

25 thoughts on “Meet Mr. Poo, The United Nations’ Latest Public Health Mascot

  1. I’ve had friends who have taken vacations to India…. or at least tried to. Several of them have told me that it smells so bad, that they took the very next Plane home…. I guess, 600,000,000 people ‘shitting’ in the streets could do that!

  2. When the title and image popped up in my email inbox, I instinctively looked at the date at the bottom of the screen to make sure it wasn’t April 1st. It sounds like a story from The Onion, and takes a read to understand the problem.

  3. This was so funny.

    I was surprised that they illuminated a Western style sit down toilet at the end rather than the more common Eastern style squat toilet. Why not deal with some practical issues in their campaign, such as how to use a squat toilet? Perhaps they could also include a campaign to have public toilets that do not require payment to use. It seems to me that a video like the following, explaining the Indian method of using a squat toilet, especially where toilet paper is not provided, might help even more than this cute video that you shared:

  4. The first time I ever encountered a public restroom without toilet paper was in China. I was stupefied about what to do. I was digging in my camera bag for receipts and other shreds of paper to use. LOL. I will never forget it.

  5. The fault lies with the government.

    They have spent funds for nuclear and other weapons, but not on infrastructure:

    Sixty per cent of the “global total” who do not have access to toilets live in India, and hence are forced to defecate in the open. In actual numbers, sixty per cent translates to 626 million. This makes India the number one country in the world where open defecation is practised. Indonesia with 63 million is a far second!

    At 949 million in 2010 worldwide, vast majority of people practising open defecation live in rural areas.

    (The Hindu).

    The government in the U.S. has done the same thing, that is, failed to spend on infrastructure at home, preferring war abroad instead.

    Don’t blame the victim.

  6. Yep, but in India they have our help line jobs! They also have thirty story apartment buildings that are totally self contained ringed with tall fences to keep out the poor. Yep its a great place and they have nuclear weapons too!

  7. Something else stinks in India:

    FDA stops 11 Indian-made drugs from entering U.S.

    The Food and Drug Administration issued an import warning to generic drugmaker Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals over one of its factory’s in Mohali in Punjab province. The agency said its inspectors uncovered multiple violations at the factory last year, including failure to investigate manufacturing problems and failure to follow quality-control standards.

    With revenues of $2.3 billion for the last fiscal year, Ranbaxy is the leading drug maker in India’s $26 billion generic pharmaceutical industry, but it has been plagued with problems in the U.S.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/leading-generic-drug-maker-faked-test-results-for-fda-approval/

  8. I worked for an NGO in the mid-eighties in India and Bangladesh. People (men anyway) had very little qualms about pinching a loaf on the side of the road, usually in an open drainage ditch, but sometimes, when there was a sidewalk, right on the sidewalk. During bad rainstorms the built-up filth from the drainage ditches would run into the streets, and peoples houses. Poo will be the least of India’s problems in the next few decades. Check out their projected population growth. I suspect wide-spread cannibalism is on its way.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/howard-steven-friedman/population-growth-worldwide_b_1245202.html

  9. I have been saying for years that WE the human population are the biggest plague this planet has ever seen – like a locust plague – why do we think we can just have so many people on this earth without causing problems – if we have a conscience about limiting the population then we HAVE to take care of the issues that arise because of that policy – ELSE limit the population – not discussable with most people I realize since after all – “humans are special” – really ?
    I care about the planet and every soul that is born, but I think we as a species are out of control.

  10. I think the contractor hired to produce this video was more interested in getting an award than getting the message across.

    @davidm2575
    When I’m traveling outside the US I always have a small role of toilet paper in my bag, even in European countries. Some change in local currency helps too.

  11. David, I’m LMAO. I encountered one of those squat toilets in a small coffee shop on the coast between Rapallo and Genoa. I could have used that video! I missed, cleaned up what I could, left a 10euro tip and walked out quickly.

  12. Nick, exactly! When I visited the Vatican, I was wondering what kind of toilets they would have. Well, they had all three types! It was pick your stall for the toilet you like best. Nine stalls, three of each type of toilet. The only kind of toilet they lacked was the Japanese type that loves technology and toilets with electrical controls.

  13. Pooping in public? That’s freedom, my friends! That’s all you need to know to see how over-regulated we are as a nation.

    If cannibalism ever does catch on in India, calling your neighbor a POS won’t be just a figure of speech.

  14. Nick Spinelli

    I didn’t have to use the facilities @ the Vatican …
    ========================
    You should pray as much as you can even though you don’t “have to use” those facilities.

  15. Who travels without packing tp? And while we’re talking about India, let’s talk about the US, specifically Yosemite, for example, where millions every summer, the educated and affluent, defecate alongside trails and streams while hiking and camping in the wilderness. But the worst places of all are favorites like El Capitan, a world class rock climbing face, where half mile high vertical routes are littered with human feces. Enthusiast already know this but the lure to belong and conform displaces common sense in the same way it does for those who body pierce and wear tattoos. Acculturation is a powerful force, enough to validate any behavior, even cannibalism and a death culture that makes room for psychopaths.

  16. @samantha “…let’s talk about the US, specifically Yosemite, for example, where millions every summer, the educated and affluent, defecate alongside trails and streams while hiking and camping in the wilderness.”

    You would think that no adult would have to be taught not to leave their shit out in the open, but unfortunately they do. I grew up camping with my family. And I mean real camping in the middle of nowhere, not pulling an RV into a campground and plugging in. At six I was fully capable of walking several yards into the woods by myself, digging a hole, pooping in the hole, then covering it up with dirt.

    For a lot of these people it’s probably the first time they have been out in the wilderness and don’t know any better. I’ve never been to Yosemite. When people arrive at the park do they get any information on proper waste disposal while camping? Are there any fines if someone is caught?

  17. Every visitor to a national park, monument, etc. (there are more than 500 now. I think), is advised how to dispose of human waste. But you would not know a problem exists unless you spend time in the wilderness. But you do not have to go to a national park to see filth. On any national or state highway, wherever you find a pull-out, you also find human excrement only feet from the pavement, tp clinging to shrubs and bushes, carried by the wind. It is well known now that GMO foods are responsible for an epidemic of gastrointestinal disease, including gluten intolerance, IBS, ulcerative colitis, etc., not even mentioning a host of autoimmune issues, such as arthritis, that has led to a growth industry of replacing bone joints. Before the introduction of GMO foods, you didn’t have a nation of 75 million weak-bowled, toilet dependents (it’s estimated between one in four and one in five Americans suffer from bowl issues), much less Imodium AD revenues that exceed the budget of many small countries. Unless every state goes the way of Vermont and mandates GMO labeling, car manufacturers will be forced to install porta-potties under the passenger seats of every car.

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