Bangladesh – Two-thirds of people still excluded from safe sanitation services

Local and international experts on Tuesday emphasised the need to take appropriate measures to ensure the mass people’s access to hygienic sanitation services, regardless of cost, in Bangladesh and its South Asian neighbors.

“We urgently need to take appropriate measures to face the challenges of improving the culture of hygiene practice…as two-third of the people of the country are still excluded from hygienic sanitary services,” said the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee’s executive director, Mahabub Hossain, while inaugurating a three-day workshop on ‘South Asian sanitation and hygiene practitioners.

Fifty-three persons from four countries — Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan — were participating in the workshop at the BRAC CDM in Gazipur. Mahabub Hossain said that only 39 per cent of the people are using sanitary latrines although the country started a national sanitation campaign ‘Sanitation for All by 2010’, whose deadline is only two years from now.

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