Bangladesh’s sanitation achievements and the second generation challenges

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Toilets and related sanitation systems can prevent the spread of diarrhoeal diseases and faecally-transmitted infections threatening young children’s lives. Bangladesh increased sanitation coverage remarkably rapidly due to several factors, including a vigorous national campaign from 2003 to 2006. Now in its ‘second generation’ of sanitation development, Bangladesh faces new challenges. Recommended changes include mobilisation and coordination of multiple government ministries; regular monitoring; continued support for poor households; dealing with poor conditions in urban slums; and expansion of faecal waste management services.

Download the Learning Paper by Suzanne Hanchett, based on a study commissioned and funded by the CLTS Knowledge Hub at IDS.

Date: 23 February 2016