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'I hated the stench and filth': India's scavengers escape dirty work

A project in Delhi is retraining people who clean human excrement with their bare hands to find work as housekeepers. The training is the result of Shahdara district magistrate Kumar Mahesh’s determination to end manual scavenging. The project team found it hard to identify manual scavengers in Shahdara as many (most of whom are Dalits) are too ashamed to admit their occupation. But they finally managed to persuade 28 people to enrol for the part-time course where they learn housekeeping skills enabling them to leave the dehumanising work of scavenging behind.

Resources from our East and Southern Africa workshop

A wealth of knowledge emerged from our recent East and Southern Africa Regional Sharing and Learning Workshop on CLTS and Rural Sanitation in Arusha, Tanzania in April.

We have so much we want to share with you – the workshop report, hunter gatherer reports, blogs, articles, photos and videos – that we are setting up a dedicated webpage in the next month. We will keep you posted on this. But in the meantime here are three short video interviews captured at the event with experts across the region talking on a diversity of key issues.

Nipo Tayari (I am ready) - Tanzania's national sanitation campaign song

In his interview Anyitike Mwakitalima (Tanzania National Sanitation Campaign Coordinator) talks on promoting sanitation behaviour change in Tanzania through a national campaign.

He tells us an important part of the behaviour change strategy is using engaging forms of media to spread the campaign messages. In this spirit a campaign song has been released called ‘Nipo Tayari’ which translates to ‘I am ready’, which you can listen to here!

What has worked for Bangladesh?

Over the past two decades Bangladesh has achieved significant successes around national sanitation coverage, through increased latrine access and sanitation education campaigns, which has resulted in a large part of the country’s population shifting away from open defecation to using household concrete-lined pit latrines.  In this post I provide an outline of changes in the sanitation situation in nine Bangladesh unions, mostly rural areas, over a period of five or more years, drawn from a recently published report from Plan Alternatives for Change LLC, ‘

Is Bollywood’s Pad Man movie too good to be true?

A Bollywood movie about inventor Arunachalam Muruganantham (aka Pad Man) who created a revolutionary machine that makes cheap sanitary pads hit Indian screens in February. He has won high priase for providing cheap sanitary towels for women in poor communities and for challenging taboos surrounding menstruation in socially conservative India.

But is he too good to be true?

Achieving District-Wide Quality and Sustainability with the SBM-G Across Uttar Pradesh

A regional workshop to share, learn and plan with quality and sustainability in the context of Swachh Bharat Mission was held in Varanasi on January 11 to 13, 2018. It was organised  by the Varanasi Division, Government of Uttar Pradesh in collaboration with WSSCC and IDS. It brought together 75 participants from seven districts of Uttar Pradesh (Bhadohi, Chanduali, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Mirzapur, Sonabhadra and Varanasi) across Varanasi and Vindhyachal Divisions. The workshop was designed to provide and facilitate a learning platform for sharing experiences and ideas between districts.

Date: 25 January 2018
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Rapid report on timely, relevant and actionable knowledge for the Swachh Bharat-Gramin

The momentum and scale of the Swachh Bharat Mission – Gramin (SBM-G) is unprecedented. The speed of implementation means that the identification of gaps and finding answers to these in ways that provide practical ideas for policy and practice can have exceptionally widespread impact provided they can be timely, relevant and actionable.

Date: 23 November 2017
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Mass Behaviour Change Campaigns: what works and what doesn't

The promotion of hygienic behaviour – and particularly handwashing with soap – is one of the most cost-effective health interventions. Yet, despite bringing some of the highest public health returns on investments, hygiene is neglected – in public health interventions, in national and global health policy priorities, and in national and global monitoring frameworks.

Date: 23 November 2017

One Day Sharing, Learning and Planning Workshop for the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin in Varanasi

This report presents the main discussions, conclusions and recommendations of the one day workshop on learning, sharing and planning in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on 9th November, 2017. The workshop was convened by the District Sanitation Committee, Varanasi facilitated by Water Supply & Sanitation Council (WSSCC) and Institute of Development Studies , University of Sussex, UK.

Date: 23 November 2017
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