On the 20th October 2013, a one-day CLTS Sharing and Learning workshop was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the run-up to the 5th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN V). We were 45 participants, coming from different countries –with Nepal leading in terms of numbers of participants and India second– and with various degrees and kinds of experience in CLTS.
CLTS was introduced in Western Equatoria State state in October 2011 through a training facilitated by Plan International and sponsored by UNICEF. A number of organizations send representatives to participate in the training. In October 2012 fourteen villages underwent Open Defecation Free (ODF) verification. These are villages that had been facilitated by one of UNICEF’s partners, Intersos. 10 of the villages had claimed to have attained ODF status and this provided a rationale for conducting the verification.
CLTS continued to gain momentum when the second Open Defecation Free celebration was held in the Republic of South Sudan in Kasia village in Yambio county on 27th November 2012. The colourful event brought together 4 villages which had been declared ODF in October this year.
There was pomp and dance on 1st November 2012, when Adiem village held the first ever Open Defecation Free (ODF) celebration in South Sudan. The occasion was well attended by the local community, the ACTED staff, and the State government officials led by the Minister for Health Hon. Dr. Ang’ui Mayuot.
Report on progress with CLTS in the North Bank Region of The Gambia, with details of ODF celebrations and the latest numbers.
WASH newsletter produced by UNICEF Zambia and the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, featuring articles on the national verification and certification process,feedback from a WASH Planning meeting, information about a new wave of implementation of the 3 million people sanitation programme and an interview with a CLTS champion.
In order to support the scaling up of national sanitation and hygiene activities, Zambia's Ministry of Local Government and Housing (MLGH) has issued national guidelines for verification and cerification of ODF communities.
Read the MLGH's letter to the districts regarding these guidelines