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Negros Oriental (Philippines) vows to end open defecation

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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. Barredo in an effort to prevent the increase of 903 individuals that suffered gastrointestinal disease in 2013 and scale up sanitary conditions in the province, a series of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach will be employed to trigger behavior change of households to practice using sanitary toilets.

Read more in Philippines Information Agency (PIA), 30th October 2014

Date: 31 October 2014