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Reaching the poor and vulnerable community in rural Afghanistan through CLTS

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In rural Afghanistan, sanitation coverage is low: half of rural Afghans use unimproved toilets and 20% have no toilets at all.  Behind these national averages are stark disparities between rich and poor, but also between regions in the country. This paper describes a pilot intervention in the Central Highland region, with follow-up research among 23 communities that achieved ODF status.  Elements of the pilot project included: pre-project baseline data collection, formation and activities of the voluntary hygiene committees in each village, triggering with participatory activities in each village, repeated follow-up household visits to each home by the NGO staff of SSDA, a post-project KAP survey of 41 households selected at random among the 23 target villages. The post-project sample survey showed a high coverage (96%) with latrines which were being used and a similarly high level of knowledge about sanitation behaviours.

Download this paper by Adane Bekele which was presented at the Asia Regional Sanitation and Hygiene Practitioners Workshop in Dhaka in  Dhaka, Bangladesh, 31 January -2 February 2012.


Date: 26 March 2014