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Reclaiming human dignity

A community-led sanitation campaign by the Rajasthan government and UNICEF has made 12 panchayats in four districts open defecation free. The CLTS approach is part of the collaboration between the Rajasthan government and UNICEF to convince and enable the community as a whole to adopt toilet use. It is being implemented in the four districts of Dungarpur, Tonk, Udaipur and Karali and 12 gram panchayats have already become OFD.

How to reduce childhood diarrhoea

As the globe commemorates World Environment Day, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has said that reduction in open defecation will significantly reduce diarrhoea cases in children under five by 90 per cent. UNICEF had in its 2012 report revealed that an estimated 34 million Nigerians practice open defecation and ranked the country amongst top five countries in the world with largest number of people defecating in the open.

Read more in the Vanguard, 6th June 2013

CLTS in the East Asia and Pacific Region: Progress, Lessons and Directions

Children in Yar Gyi Daw Village, Myanmar, confirm that they now have a toilet at home

A review of the status of community-led sanitation implementation in East Asia and Pacific. Commissioned by UNICEF, Plan, WaterAid and WSP, this report has been produced based on experiences and lessons on the implementation of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) from Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar,Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, and Viet Nam.

Date: 30 May 2013

Developing and Monitoring Protocol for the Elimination of Open Defecation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Members of Kabengele Village in Zambia decide it's time to stop open defecation

Eliminating open defecation is increasingly seen as a key health outcome, with links to reduced stunting, improved educational and positive health outcomes for children. In Sub Saharan Africa, over 35 countries are implementing some form of CLTS, ranging from TATS in Tanzania to CLTSH in Ethiopia. Since the introduction of CLTS in 2005 in the region, rapid scale-up has been achieved with suggested numbers of ODF communities in the range of 30,000 affecting over 15 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Date: 22 May 2013

ODF Verification in Western Equatoria State

Inspecting a household latrine and handwashing station

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.

Date: 17 May 2013
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Improving sanitation in Northern Bahr Gazel State with CLTS

CLTS latrine

Tearfund started to work in Aweil Centre County, one of the five counties in Northern Bahr State in April 2011 implementing an integrated programme of water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) and food security projects. The projects are aimed at supporting   the resettling   of returnees and the internally displaced people in the state.  The second phase of the project started in April 2012 and will come to a close by the end of March 2013; the main approach for sanitation improvement especially at household level has been community-led total sanitation (CLTS).

Date: 17 May 2013
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