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South Asia

Report from the regional workshop to share, learn and plan with quality and sustainability of Swachh Bharat Mission

Since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission - Gramin (SBM (G)), Uttar Pradesh (the most populous state in India) has seen pockets of success, with some Districts already declared or close to declaring themselves Open Defecation Free (ODF). To identify successful practices and methods for rapid sharing, learning, adopting and adapting of these for local needs and conditions, the Divisional Swachh Bharat Team, Moradabad, organised a three-day workshop from September 11-13, 2017.

Date: 28 September 2017
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Female Entrepreneurs- a catalyst for change

Plan International Pakistan, under the umbrella of DFID funded South Asia WASH Results Program, is supporting the Government of Punjab, in their initiative to achieve Open Defecation Free (ODF) Punjab, by 2018 1 along with providing entrepreneurial prospects to 29 women and 246 men to promote sanitation. The project has reached 894,524 beneficiaries in 9 districts with the message to improve their sanitation and hygiene practices.

Date: 27 September 2017
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Habib Hassan- A sanitation marketeer with a mission

Habib Hassan was an ordinary, 38 year old entrepreneur who owned a small hardware store in Chak no 148-A TDA U/C Thal Jhandi, Layyah. Now, he also runs a successful sanitation mart along with his hardware store, which provides latrine construction material for as low as PKR 3,250 (US$32.5) only, to the community members.

Read more about Habib in this case study from Plan International Pakistan.

Date: 27 September 2017
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Toilet - Ek Prem Katha: Will this Bollywood box office hit help India tackle open defecation?

India's sanitation problems are now the topic of a new Bollywood movie entitled Toilet- Ek Prem Katha and thus far, the film has been getting rave reviews.

The film's storyline centres around a woman who leaves her husband on the first day of their marriage after discovering that he does not have a toilet. He desperately sets out on a mission to win back his love by standing up to the age-old traditions and values of India.

Watch a trailer of the movie here

 

Why doesn’t anybody know if Swachh Bharat Mission is succeeding?

In 2014, the Prime Minister announced a goal of eliminating open defecation by 2019. In this article, Coffey and Spears, contend that now almost two-thirds of the way through the Swachh Bharat Mission, nobody knows whether it is succeeding because there is no credible, independent survey that can offer a useful estimate of the fraction of rural persons defecating in the open.

Read more in Ideas for India, 10 July 2017

Switching to sanitation: Understanding latrine adoption in a representative panel of rural Indian households

Open defecation, which is still practiced by about a billion people worldwide, is one of the most compelling examples of how place influences health in developing countries. Efforts by governments and development organizations to address the world's remaining open defecation would be greatly supported by a better understanding of why some people adopt latrines and others do not.

Date: 17 July 2017
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Assessing Women’s Negative Sanitation Experiences and Concerns: The Development of a Novel Sanitation Insecurity Measure

Lack of access to acceptable sanitation facilities can expose individuals, particularly women, to physical, social, and mental health risks. While some of the challenges have been documented, standard metrics are needed to determine the extent to which women have urination- and defecation-related concerns and negative experiences. Such metrics also are needed to assess the effectiveness of interventions to mitigate them. This study developed a sanitation insecurity measure to capture the range and frequency of women’s sanitation-related concerns and negative experiences.

Date: 17 July 2017
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Assessment of the Acceptability and Feasibility of Child Potties for Safe Child Feces Disposal in Rural Bangladesh

Indiscriminate defecation among young children and the unsafe disposal of their feces increases fecal contamination in the household environment and the risk of diarrheal disease transmission. Improved sanitary technology for children too young to use a latrine may facilitate safe feces disposal and reduce fecal contamination in the household environment.

(Faruqe Hussain, Stephen P. Luby, Leanne Unicomb, Elli Leontsini, Tania Naushin,  Audrey J. Buckland, and Peter J. Winch in  American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 19th June 2017)

Date: 13 July 2017
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