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Gambia Celebrates Open Defecation Free Community Initiative

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The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, in collaboration with partners, over the weekend commemorated Open Defecation Free (ODF) Community Initiative in different rural communities across the country. In an interview with the Daily Observer, shortly after the end of the celebration at his Kotu office, Alfred Gomez, the coordinator of the WASH project at the Directorate of Health Promotion and Education of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, said Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is a concept introduced in communities, aimed at controlling "sanitation and hygiene, with no cost or subsidy from the government and other NGOs." "This was facilitated and motivated by extension workers on the approach by guiding the communities on the benefits of sanitation and hygiene and the negative impacts of open defecation to the environment," Gomez said. 

Read more in The Daily Observer, 22nd April 2014

Date: 23 April 2014