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Policy and advocacy for sanitation

Response to The Hindu’s recent editorial on sanitation

rice- India latrine
We recently spoke with a retired public servant who built a latrine about a year ago that is used by only three of the thirteen people in his family. He told us that “if a man wants to stay healthy, then he should [defecate] outside,” and that in his village “you’ll find a latrine in everyone’s house, but I don’t want to go in one…I think going in latrines is disgusting.” This man’s beliefs were far from unique. Many of the people that we spoke with in rural Haryana felt similarly.

Sanitation goals

Pakistan faces a crisis that threatens the lives of millions of Pakistanis every year. It is also a crisis which in its resolution offers the potential for increased wealth, health and dignity for the whole country.
This crisis is about access to water and, in particular, sanitation, the most basic of daily human needs, human rights recognised in international conventions to which Pakistan is a signatory. However, they are still out of reach for many ordinary Pakistanis.

A radical approach is changing Nepal's public sanitation

For several months last year, Pramala Balami, 14, went out every morning with a group of other children in her village, looking for people defecating in the open. The Children’s Club in the Chitlang Village Development Committee in Makwanpur district in Nepal was one of the groups mobilized by local authorities in their drive to make their area an open-defecation-free zone.

Build latrines or face eviction

A traditional leader in Serenje District has given his subjects a one-week ultimatum to build pit latrines or face eviction from his chiefdom. Chief Kabamba of the Lala people in Central Province has warned that he will evict some 300 families from his chiefdom unless they dig pit latrines by November 29 this year. The traditional leader's seven-day ultimatum to construct pit latrines in the villages is in a bid to enhance sanitation in his chiefdom.

CLTS is theme for Commonwealth Queens Baton Relay in Solomon Islands

World Vision helped to kick off the Commonwealth Queens Baton relay in the capital of Solomon Islands, yesterday together with UNICEF. The Honiara leg of the relay began outside of the capital at Kakabona beach where a number of children from a World Vision Area Program community, Lord Howe community, gathered together to sing with World Vision staff about improving health and sanitation around Honiara. Following the performance the children passed the baton over to officials and the relay commenced.

Improved Use of Toilets Boosts Childhood Test Scores, Decreases Stunting

Access to improved sanitation can increase cognition in children, according to a new World Bank study. The study contributes to a growing body of research linking stunting and open defecation. Currently, more than 2.5 billion people worldwide lack access to toilets, and one billion people practice open defecation. 

Date: 19 November 2013

Sacosan V: An overview of the conference and Nepal’s sanitation and hygiene master plan


The South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN V) kicked off on the 21 October 2013 in Kathmandu. It is a biennial convention providing a platform for interaction on sanitation to South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), enabling learning from past experiences and setting actions for the future.

The SACOSAN V Kathmandu 2013 Declaration


The SACOSAN V which took place from the 22nd to the 24th October 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal, the delegations from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka set out their agreements on and commitments to principles for policy and good practice in the Kathmandu Declaration.

Download the Kathmandu 2013 Declaration

Date: 25 October 2013


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