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India trails Pakistan, Bangladesh in sanitation

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) India might be an emerging economic power, but it is way behind Pakistan, Bangladesh and even Afghanistan in providing basic sanitation facilities, a key reason behind the death of 2.1 million children under five in the country.

Lizette Burgers, chief water and environment sanitation of the Unicef, Monday said India is making progress in providing sanitation but it lags behind most of the other countries in South Asia. (…)

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Improving community sanitation in Uchi, Nigeria

UCHI, Nigeria, 12 November 2008 – UNICEF Nigeria Country Representative Dr. Suomi Sakai visited Uchi Community Primary School, located in Benue State, Nigeria recently, where she toured the school’s improved water and sanitation facilites. (…)

After the tour, the pupils gave Dr. Sakai a demonstration of how to properly wash your hands. Dr. Sakai said that she was happy that the children can learn through their actions what it means to have good hygiene.

“We all know in our heads, in our minds that it is healthy, but when you start as a child, it becomes a habit,” she stressed. (…)

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India: Cities told to come out with sanitation plans in 2 yrs

States and cities in the country will have to come out with their sanitation strategies in the next two years, according to a national urban sanitation policy unveiled by the government today.
The strategies would be prepared with the financial help from the Urban Development Ministry, which has funds worth about Rs 50,000 crore for the purpose under the Eleventh Plan.

Implementation of the strategies would be through the public-private partnership (PPP) route, aid from Plan funds and multilateral aid, Urban Development Secretary M Ramachandran said today. “The total scale of the requirement will be known as and when states and cities come up with individual plans,” he said.

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Rural Sanitation in India


Drivers for Achievements

  • Political will and the creation of an enabling environment
  • A robust third party monitoring system is put in place by the Government of India
  • Capacity building and communication
  • Concurrent monitoring, evaluation, and research


An ambitious goal has been set in 1999 by the GOI to increase coverage in all the 578 rural districts of the country. The goals included, catalyzing of the construction of (i) 118 million toilets at the household level (ii) 11.2 million toilets for schools, (iii) 0.4 million toilets for child care centers, (iv) 28,000 community level sanitary complexes and (v) 4,000 rural sanitary marts/production centers. (…)

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Call for papers: Dry Toilet 2009

Dry Toilet 2009  The 3rd International Dry Toilet Conference will be held in the middle of August 2009 in Finland in Tampere University of Technology. Preliminary leaflet (pdf, size 223 Kb) and 2nd announcement (pdf, size 479 Kb).dt09_logo

One year after the International Year of Sanitation – Are the Millennium Development Goals realistic?

The 3rd International Dry Toilet Conference will be held in Tampere, Finland, on 12-15 August 2009.

The purpose of the DT2009 is to continue the progress achieved by the previous conferences, DT2003 and DT2006, organized in 2003 and 2006 respectively. The objective of the conference is to offer a discussion platform for professionals and other interested parties and to distribute the latest information about various aspects of dry toilets.

The Conference is organised by The Global Dry Toilet Association of Finland, in cooperation with Tampere University of Technology, TAMK University of Applied Sciences and University of Tampere.

The earlier conferences were attended by more than 150 participants from over 30 countries.

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India: Deprived, sweepers seek permission for mass suicide

Ahmedabad, November 2 : Sweepers from the Valmiki and Dalit community of Gandhinagar have written to the President of India, Pratibha Patil, requesting her to permit them to commit mass suicide. 

Deprived of proper wages, housing, sanitation and other basic amenities, about 35 sweepers have signed the petition for mass self-immolation.  (…)

As many as 94 labourers have been involved in this campaign, but it has had little impact on the government.

The workers have been toiling hard for years to manage two meals a day and educate their children.

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India: Cleanliness conquers indignity in modern Kurukshetra war

Kurukshetra (Haryana), Nov 3 (IANS) At the arena of the war in the Indian epic Mahabharata, another age-old evil is about to be conquered. In about 400 of the 417 villages of this district, people have stopped defecating in the open heralding a sanitation revolution in these parts.

Villagers in this district no longer greet each other the old way. They raise clenched fists and shout “Swachh gaon, swasth gaon” (Clean village, healthy village).

For those who failed to get the message when the fight against defecation in the open started in earnest at the beginning of this year, women’s groups in various villages formed their own vigilance committees, armed with torches and sticks. (…)

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DFID: European Union raises profile of African sanitation

In this, the International Year of Sanitation, a group that is co-chaired by DFID is helping to improve water and sanitation throughout Africa by strengthening the links between African countries and the European Union.

Through a number of key meetings, the EU Water Initiative-Africa Working Group has brought about policy dialogue at the highest level and proved crucial in the development of an Africa EU Statement on Sanitation. (…)

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UK: Pupils learn about healthy eating

CHILDREN welcomed a special guest to their school as they learned about the importance of healthy eating and personal hygiene.

Reading mayor Peter Beard visited Micklands Primary School in Caversham as staff and pupils took part in National School Meals Week and Global Handwashing Day. (…)

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UN study says toilets can help combat poverty

WASHINGTON (AFP) -– Installing toilets and ensuring safe water supplies where needed throughout the world would do more to end poverty and improve world health than any other possible measure, according to a new UN study.

“Water problems, caused largely by an appalling absence of adequate toilets in many places, contribute tremendously to some of the world’s most punishing problems, foremost among them the inter-related afflictions of poor health and chronic poverty,”” said Zafar Adeel, director of the UN University’s Canadian-based International Network on Water, Environment and Health, which released the study on Sunday. (…)

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