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Toilets not the sanitation solution

Leaderpost, 11 October 2014

 

Building toilets in rural India, where hundreds of millions are still defecating outdoors, will not be enough to improve public health, according to a study published Friday.

 

India is considered to have the world's worst sanitation record despite spending $3 billion US since 1986 on sanitation programs, according to government figures. The country is now gearing up to spend 10 times that amount, as new Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes garbage and sanitation troubles a key issue for his first year in office.

 

However, the new study - published Friday in the Lancet medical journal - suggests India needs to look beyond building toilet infrastructure and focus also on changing centuries-old habits and people's preferences for doing their business outdoors. Read more....