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Guinea Bissau

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CLTS was first introduced in Guinea Bissau in 2010, with the support of UNICEF who, in partnership with the DGRH (Government) trained the first 35 facilitators of 15 local and international NGOs. In the same year, 10 NGOs started the implementation of the approach in the field which led to the first 27 communities becoming ODF.

CLTS is reflected in the sanitation and hygiene policy currently under discussion. More than 55 facilitators from the government and several NGOs are involved in the implementation of the approach in 12 of the 39 administrative sectors in Guinea Bissau.

In April 2012 140 communities celebrated ODF status in Guinea Bissau. Now more than 70.000 people are living in an environment free from open defecation. For the current year (2012) a target of 200 ODF communities has been set and all actors involved are highly encouraged and working hard to achieve and exceed this target.