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27 January 2012

Few Indian women can afford sanitary towels. But one social entrepreneur aims to change that, and provide an income too: Arunachalam Muruganantham went to great lengths to develop an effective solution, even wearing sanitary towels and a device filled with blood himself to test his innovations.

3 January 2012

The recently launched strategy for creating an ODF Malawi by 2015 is giving a boost to CLTS activities in communities where open defecation used to be the order of the day.

3 January 2012

Description of a CLTS training workshop that was jointly organised by Plan Sudan and Goal Ireland in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Khartoum State Ministry of Health and took place from the 17th to 21st December 2011.

19 December 2011

Thanks to CLTS the sanitation landscape and people’s lives, are changing in Homa Bay.

6 December 2011

The Cooperative Housing Foundation (CHF-International), supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), just held an eight-day workshop on CLTS in Gbarnga, Bong County, Liberia with over thirty participants in attendance. The workshop was intended to train County Level Facilitators (CLF) and Natural Leaders (NL) under its CLTS Project.
Speaking at the end of the workshop, the participants vowed to be true ambassadors of CHF-International and its partners under the Community Led Total Sanitation Initiative (CLTS) by sensitizing residents of Bong County, how to control open defecation.

5 December 2011

Last year, a group of researchers at the University of New Mexico proposed that the control of infectious diseases is crucial to a country’s development in a way that had not been appreciated before. Places that harbour a lot of parasites and pathogens not only suffer the debilitating effects of disease on their workforces, but also have their human capital eroded, child by child, from birth. They noted that the brains of newly born children require 87% of those children’s metabolic energy. In five-year-olds the figure is still 44% and even in adults the brain—a mere 2% of the body’s weight—consumes about a quarter of the body’s energy. Any competition for this energy is likely to damage the brain’s development, and parasites and pathogens compete for it in several ways. Some feed on the host’s tissue directly, or hijack its molecular machinery to reproduce. Some, particularly those that live in the gut, stop their host absorbing food. And all provoke the host’s immune system into activity, which diverts resources from other things…[] There is, moreover, direct evidence that infections and parasites affect cognition. Intestinal worms have been shown to do so on many occasions. Malaria, too, is bad for the brain. A study of children in Kenya who survived the cerebral version of the disease suggests that an eighth of them suffer long-term cognitive damage. In the view of Mr Eppig and his colleagues, however, it is the various bugs that cause diarrhoea which are the biggest threat. Diarrhoea strikes children hard. It accounts for a sixth of infant deaths, and even in those it does not kill it prevents the absorption of food at a time when the brain is growing and developing rapidly.

1 December 2011

In a bid to complement the effort of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) in ensuring a disease free environment, a local NGO, Sierra Leone Poverty Alleviation Agency (SILPA) in collaboration with the United Nations International Emergency Children’ss Funds is implementing CLTS in 77 communities in the Dama Chiefdom, Kenema district.

1 December 2011

The United Kingdom will invest 19 million pounds for a period of four years to help improve sanitation and hygiene which will benefit three million people in rural areas in Zambia. The Department for International Development (DFID) will channel the funds through the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to implement a variety of activities to improve sanitation and hygiene in rural areas. Rural sanitation coverage in Zambia was estimated to be only 43 percent in 2008 and water coverage 46 percent. Twenty-six percent of the rural population, nearly 2.2 million people have no sanitation facilities at all.In pilot Community Led Total Sanitation projects in Zambia, sanitation coverage increased from 38 percent to 93 percent over a 12-month period across 517 villages. Over 14,500 toilets were constructed by households and approximately 90, 000 people gained access to sanitation in less than a year.

28 November 2011

Stephen O’Brien, UK Minister for international development, visited Aanantopur village of Chatra union under Pirganj Upazilla of Rangpur district on 17 November 2011. The visit was intended to develop an understanding of CLTS and how WaterAid and its partners have used the approach to improve the lives of poor people in rural Bangladesh.

28 November 2011

At the opening of the 3rd National Roundtable Conference on Community-Led Total Sanitation in Katsina, Mrs Sarah Ochekpe, Minister of Water Resources, urged government and communities in Nigeria to embrace Community-Led Total Sanitation to facilitate access to sanitation and hygiene services: “The nation’s sanitation coverage as at 2008 was 32 per cent. Going by this, it means Nigeria is not on track to meeting the MDGs target of achieving 65 per cent coverage on sanitation and hygiene by the year 2015.Hence, there is the need for all to embrace the CLTS approach.”

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