The Ministry of Rural Development has invited the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to partner with it in finding solutions to the sanitation problems in India, where 50 per cent of the country’s 1.1 billion people still practice open defecation.
Jairam Ramesh and Bill Gates, 30 May 2012. Photo: PTI
On the 2nd day of his visit to India, Bill Gates spoke with Rural Development Minister and the Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Jairam Ramesh. The Minister called for the launch of a global joint initiative to develop low-cost, clean toilets for railways. In India, 11 million passengers commute daily without proper hygienic facilities. Mr. Ramesh also sought help from Gates to pilot sanitation promotion campaigns along the lines of India’s successful Pulse Polio campaign .
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RUHAAMA county in Ntungamo district celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day in style by introducing a domestic health and sanitation competition among its 40,000 homesteads.
MP and wife of the President Janet Museveni organised the competition. The judges looked out for a clean house, kitchen with a katandaaro (cutlery rack), clean toilet or latrine, mosquito nets, well made beds for the parents and children.
Other yardsticks were a well-maintained walkway or driveway to the home, boiled drinking water, a granary and a minimum source of income.
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