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Not just toilets

ircwash.org, 07 October 2014

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi deviated from convention and made sanitation a central theme of his Independence Day speech, making it a political priority, and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, launched today, aims to make the country open defecation-free by 2019. India has become the world’s largest open defecator, and of the 1 billion people worldwide who have no toilets, India accounts for 600 million. Effective sanitation service delivery is critical not only for health outcomes, but also for dignity, livelihoods, safety and security.

 

But sanitation has not been a key development priority for many years. The general apathy on the part of leaders and the administration, coupled with poor awareness of improved hygiene behaviour, led to low sanitation coverage. Earlier programmes like the Total Sanitation Campaign and Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, with decentralised, community-led strategies, were reduced to hardware-supply target-driven programmes in many states, resulting in low coverage and usage. Read more....