Policy and advocacy for sanitation

Negros Oriental (Philippines) vows to end open defecation

Some 24 percent of Negros Oriental household population are still practicing open defecation or having unsanitary toilets.This was reported during the first Provincial Sanitation Summit (29th October 2014) by Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Edgardo Barredo as Negros Oriental marches towards zero open defecation (ZOD) under the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). According to Dr.

Need to clean our biases first, then our streets

The country is ostensibly in the throes of a great social movement for sanitation. Gandhi’s name is evoked, Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads from the front, ministers lift brooms for cameras, and officers, college and school children take oaths against littering and to clean their surroundings. Earlier the PM pledges in his Independence Day speech toilets for girls and boys in all schools.

We have a lot to learn...

Last week’s Water and Health Conference held at the University of North Carolina’s Water Institute had an array of different workshops, side events and oral and poster presentations focusing on sanitation. After only a day into the week-long event two important messages started to emerge. Firstly, the sanitation problem is endemic in certain parts of the world, especially India, and unfortunately we do not know a lot and have an awful lot to learn.

Modi's Clean India Campaign: Don’t Waste the Opportunity

Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister (PM) of India, launched a Swach Bharat (Clean India) campaign on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.  Senior government officials, politicians and Bollywood actors were seen holding brooms in their hands cleaning neighbourhoods and getting photographed. The twitterati was abuzz with excitement. The campaign was filled with images and messages. The PM aims to have a Clean India by the time of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019. The campaign is timely but will it be effective.

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