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14 Ways To Make Sanitation Sustainable

04/03/2014 12:57 pm ET
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What has more impact, new technology or behavioural change? Is there such a thing as a scalable solution that is also sensitive to cultural needs? Our panel of experts share their thoughts.

Slow progress can be explained by lack of political prioritisation: In Nepal the coverage of mobile phone is 64% but the coverage of toilets is 62%. It is not just the financial constraint that is causing slow progress in tackling sanitation, it is lack of political will.

We need to improve hygiene awareness: From a study we did on an urban poor community in Nepal, we found that almost all wash hands before eating food and after using toilet but still there is a big question mark whether people use soap or not. The survey reveals that people are still using mud for washing hands. It is also interesting to know that some people do not consider children's faeces as harmful and therefore do not wash after touching it.

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