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Concurrent M&E system to track CLTS progress using Google Fusion and Google Earth

The CLTS programme in Budni Block, Madhya Pradesh, India, supported by UNICEF, aims to obtain the first-of-its-kind model resource ODF Block in Madhya Pradesh, through CLTS. The programme uses a combination of innovative M&E applications to track progress and manage follow up: Google Earth an Google Fusion offer powerful tools for fine-tuning implementation, triggering and follow-up strategies to accelerate progress towards ODF.

Date: 8 November 2012
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Improving Water, Sanitation, and Health: Itarchi Hakimabad, Afghanistan

The USAID-funded Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Project, Afghanistan (SWSS) project increases access to potable water and sanitation services in Afghan communities and decreases the prevalence of water borne diseases through household hygiene interventions. Led by the Association for Rural Development, in partnership with Management Sciences for Health, SWSS has led nearly 400 communities in Afghanistan to become Open Defecation Free.

Taking CLTS to scale in Zambia

The Government of Zambia has adopted CLTS as their national strategy for improving access to improved sanitation and for meeting not only the MDG target but also achieving an ODF rural Zambia by 2015. A number of structures and processes have been put in place in order to ensure quality implementation of CLTS at scale and create sustainability.

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Bollywood actress becomes India’s sanitation brand ambassador

Vidya Balan, who received the Best Actress National Film Award for her role in 2011 Bollywood hit ‘The Dirty Picture’, will now play a role to alter the real dirty picture in India. Union Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has named the Bollywood actress as the brand ambassador in his campaign for improving sanitation. The Minister hopes that Balan can help turn his campaign to end open defecation into a national obsession.

No toilets for 53% of population of world’s third biggest economy

In India, virtually every second person is defecating in the open, every third person is drinking unsafe water and at least 1,000 children are dying every day due to a preventable disease like diarrhoea. This grim picture of the world’s third fastest growing economy was unveiled through the country’s latest census report on drinking water and sanitation, which the Government of India released this month.

Sanitation drive: A policy mismatch

Twelve years into the Government of India’s Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), a review by the Accountability Initiative, Centre for Policy Research in Delhi, using government data from the TSC website, shows no correlation between the amount of funds being spent in a state and improvement there. Although the number of rural households without toilets has dropped from 78% in 2001 to 27% as of 2 February 2012, usage remains a problem.

“India will achieve sanitation goals only by 2054”

Going by the present pace of progress, India will achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs) on sanitation only by 2054. While some States had already achieved the target and some are close to it, other populous States such as Madhya Pradesh and Orissa will reach the target only in the next century, according to WHO and UNICEF’s Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMPWSS).

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