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Nigeria: Communities Strengthen Sanitation, Move to End Open Defecation in Jigawa

Winifred Ogbebo, who visited some communities in Jigawa state recently, writes on the efforts to end open defecation through strengthened sanitation and good hygiene practices, being championed by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) with funding from DFID.

Read more on AllAfrica.com 21st October 2013

Handwashing Infographic

UNICEF Handwashing infographic

On the occasion of Global Handwashing Day, 15th October, UNICEF has produced this infographic with important facts and figures.

Handwashing with soap at the right time - before eating or making food and after the toilet - can reduce the risk of diarrhoea, the second biggest killer of children under 5, by around 45%.
On Global Handwashing Day - and every day - the power is in your hands!

Download the infographic

©UNICEF/INDA2012-00178/Vishwanathan

Date: 14 October 2013

Pathways to Sustainability in Community-Led Total Sanitation. Experiences from Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh

Inspecting latrines
India’s rural Total Sanitation Campaign (1999-2012) in India was considered a complete failure due to its poor results and the millions of ‘missing latrines’. In the light of the shortcomings of the campaign, different actors tried to introduce the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach in the country. However, as a result of opposition at the national level, only specific districts in certain states tried the approach. Many of these experiences were claimed to be very successful, but the evidence base of these claims was weak. Did they actually manage to introduce the CLTS in these areas? Did it yield good results? Are these sustainable?
Date: 29 August 2013
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Using participatory design to develop latrine options in Malawi

Creating prototypes to explore the design options
In 2011, UNICEF Malawi decided to apply social marketing tools to improve and enhance their existing CLTS program. The CLTS program had demonstrated great advances in improving sanitation coverage. However, reports were coming into the office that households were continuing to struggle with poor product designs that collapsed after a short time-in-use.

Sanitation and stunting in India: Undernutrition's blind spot

Global proportions of ODF, poverty and undernutrition diagram
The puzzle of persistent undernutrition in India is largely explained by open defecation, population density, and lack of sanitation and hygiene. The impact on nutrition of many faecally-transmitted infections, not just the diarrhoeas, has been a blind spot. In hygienic conditions much of the undernutrition in India would disappear. To tackle undernutrition effectively requires the elimination of open defecation and a radical transformation of sanitation and hygiene policies and practices.
Date: 15 July 2013
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