In the International Year of Sanitation, Earth Report travels to Bangladesh to discover changing attitudes to hygiene. No more ‘open defecation’: instead of top-down solutions, the new Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach has eradicated open defecation in more than 300 villages. Earth Report investigates. The programme features CLTS guru Kamal Kar. Read the transcript and view a movie clip here.
Clean Living’ is broadcast on BBC World at the following times (all times quoted as UK time zone currently GMT):
Friday 14th March – 20:30, with repeats at 10:30 on Monday 17th March, 15:30 on Tuesday 18th, and 02:30 and 08:30 on Wednesday 19th.
Clean Living was produced with the help of the Department for International Development – Environment, Water & Sanitation, UN Water, UNICEF – Water, Environment and Sanitation, and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).
Kamal Kar also appears in the Plan International video “Bangladesh Community Led Total Sanitation”. In 2004, Plan introduced CLTS in over 200 villages in the Dinajpur District of Bangladesh. By 2007, all villages in Plan’s target area had eliminated open defecation and the entire population now has access to hygienic latrines. The video highlights the crucial role of children and women in CLTS campaigns.