Handwashing is a vital part of good sanitation and hygiene. When Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and its aim of ODF (open defecation free) communities are fully understood and put into practice it is clear that handwashing is implicit in the approach. Without addressing handwashing and other hygiene practices, communities can never become fully ODF since CLTS aims to cut all faecal-oral contamination routes. However, in practice, the degree to which handwashing is integrated into triggering and follow up, depends on the quality of facilitation.
Training and triggers
The Lukenya Notes are a collection of experiences and key recommendations from the IDS meeting of CLTS practitioners held in Lukenya, Nairobi in July 2011, immediately after the AfricaSan3 meeting. The aim of the workshop was to focus on the key challenges we all face in taking CLTS to scale. Insights, case studies and options are clustered by themes which emerged from workshop brainstorming.
Kamal Kar’s Trainers’ Training Guide on Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), published by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).
To support capacity building for PATS, the Pakistan Approach to Total Sanitation, UNICEF and the Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) developed a series of guiding booklets:
The boma chief said it all. One of the youngest boma chiefs in the Torit County, he stood up at the end of the CLTS triggering meeting and told his community:
In September 2014, two CLTS trainings took place in Torit County and Kapoeta North County in South Sudan. The following report by Ross Kidd gives details of the training processes as well as many anectdotes, stories and examples to illustrate the way in which communities in this post-conflict setting responded to CLTS.