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Policy and advocacy for sanitation

Sanitation and stunting in India: Undernutrition's blind spot

Global proportions of ODF, poverty and undernutrition diagram
The puzzle of persistent undernutrition in India is largely explained by open defecation, population density, and lack of sanitation and hygiene. The impact on nutrition of many faecally-transmitted infections, not just the diarrhoeas, has been a blind spot. In hygienic conditions much of the undernutrition in India would disappear. To tackle undernutrition effectively requires the elimination of open defecation and a radical transformation of sanitation and hygiene policies and practices.
Date: 15 July 2013

Evidence Paper on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (DFID)

cover DFID Evidence Paper

This WASH evidence paper aims to provide an accessible guide to existing evidence including a conceptual framework for understanding how WASH impacts on health and well-being and a description of methods used for ascertaining the health, economic and social impacts of WASH. The paper was commissioned by the DFID Water and Sanitation (WASH) and Research and Evidence Division (RED) teams and undertaken by the DFID-funded Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) research programme consortium.

Date: 28 May 2013

Elevating the profile of sanitation in Ngora District, Uganda

Uganda joined the rest of the world in commemorating sanitation week in March 2013. On the 19th March 2013 the annual event was held in Ngora district. Plan Uganda and other partners supported the Ministry of Health and the district in organizing an event with the theme 'Open Defecation is a shame, use a latrine'. Read an article about the celebrations and activities that took place to mark this day.

Shun open defecation, Ogun rural dwellers urged

Rural dwellers across Ogun State have been enjoined to shun open defecation and endeavour to construct latrines for appropriate disposal of their feaces. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development in the state, Mrs Olayinka Kukoyi gave this charge at a training programme for facilitators on the Community-Led-Total sanitation (CLTs) Approaches, an initiative of the Federal and state governments. Represented by the Programme Manager, Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWATSAN), Mr Olatokunbo Sonde, Mrs.

Aregbesola’s wife warns Fulani communities against open defecation

Wife of the Osun State governor, Mrs. Sherifat Aregbesola has warned Fulani communities  in the state against open defecation practices, saying such  practice was inimical to healthy living and growth in the society. Addressing Fulani residents in Gaatepatan  in Ejigbo Local Government Area of Osun State, during a one-day sensitisation meeting, Mrs.


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