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Impact of Rural Sanitation on Water Quality and Water Borne Diseases

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Manisha Khale and Ashok Dyalchand (2009)

This paper which forms part of the IDS research project Going to Scale? The Potential of Community-led Total Sanitation looks at the impact of the CLTS approach on rural sanitation by comparing access to toilets at the family level, toilet use, open defecation (OD) rates, quality of drinking water and the impact of these on health as measured by reported prevalence of diarrhoea and worm infestation in children under the age of six in three types of villages:

  • Villages where the sanitation programme was implemented through a Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) strategy.
  • Villages where sanitation programme was implemented through a Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) strategy
  • Villages with no sanitation improvement programme in the recent past.

Date: 8 June 2009