Policy and advocacy for sanitation

Access to sanitation still a luxury for the very few

About 20 communities in Tillabéri, west Niger, have been declared open defecation-free zones as across the country, very few people have access to proper sanitation. The communities were part of a Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) project, launched in September 2010 in 32 villages in the region by the local office of Plan International.

The long and short of open defecation

There is statistical data to show that the height of Indian children is correlated to their and their neighbourhood’s access to toilets.

You can learn a lot from measuring children’s height. How tall a child has grown by the time she is a few years old is one of the most important indicators of her well-being. This is not because height is important in itself, but because height reflects a child’s early-life health, absorbed nutrition and experience of disease.

CLTS will help achieve MDGs sanitation target

The CLTS approach currently used to promote sanitation will help Nigeria to achieve the 75 per cent MDGs target in the sector by 2015 according to an assessment report on the initiative. The report, made available  in Abuja by the National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS), stated that since the implementation of CLTS programme in Nigeria, it had proven to be a positive option for achieving total sanitation. “There is no doubt that if CLTS process is properly conducted, funded and supported, achieving sanitation promotion and meeting the relevant MDGs will not be a problem."

Date: 27 February 2013
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Toilet Coverage and Sanitation Performance in India By States (2001-2011)

Sanitation coverage by state (India) in 2001 and 2011

It is widely accepted that India’s “Total Sanitation Campaign has been a failure”.

In 2001 rural sanitation coverage was 22%. In 2011, ten years of Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) later, the Government of India claimed that coverage was 68%. But recent Census data revealed that real coverage was only 31%. This means that less than one in five toilets reportedly constructed is in place.

Date: 4 February 2013
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Lagos to eradicate public defecation

Lagos State Government has embarked on measures to eradicate defecation in public places by adopting the Community Led Total Sanitation model. At a six-day Train the Trainers’ Workshop on CLTS held in Lekki, Lagos, Commissioner for Rural Development Cornelius Ojelabi, said: “The adoption of this model is sequel to the global and national successes recorded by the approach and our quest for excellence”. Read the rest of this story in Vanguard, 28th January 2012

Women sports stars to promote sanitation in Jharkhand, India

In a noble move, the state government on Saturday announced the decision to use women sportspersons to promote sanitation and hygiene in Jharkhand. Deputy chief minister Hemant Soren, who is in-charge of the drinking water and sanitation department, said the department had already taken a decision and the officials would soon prepare a list of women sportspersons, including those who were not active today but have brought laurels to country and the state in national and international events in the past.

First community sanitation stocktaking workshop in Tamale

The first ever  three-day community led total sanitation (CLTS) stocktaking forum has been held in the Northern regional capital, Tamale, against the backdrop of Ghana’s deplorably low national sanitation coverage, which currently stands at 14%. The theme for the forum was “Achieving Open Defecation Free Ghana Through Effective Learning and Sharing”.

Read the rest of the article in the Ghana Business News 27th November 2012

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