Kosis — Disposing of human waste has become a part of her life - she must empty the bucket when it is full of human faeces and she washes the bucket to use it again when nature calls.

Bhubaneswar: As many as 1,842 villages in the state have been declared open defecation-free so far.

Proper awareness, collective behavior change, coupled with availability of sustainable technologies for construction and usage of toilets are important aspects of SBM. There are a wide range of hydro-geological conditions in different states of India. It is challenging to make one technology applicable in all areas.

Of the 1 billion people globally who have no toilet, India accounts for nearly 600 million. Fifty per cent of India’s population defecates in the open. Community-centric programmes under strong leadership can usher in a clean India says this e-book by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the environment think tank based in New Delhi, India.

Almost half of Kenyans living in rural areas do not have access to basic sanitation, a new report shows.

More than half of people in rural areas still go for open defecation finds this survey on 'Swachhta' Status conducted by the NSSO during May-June 2015 covering 3,788 villages and 2,907 urban blocks.

Open defecation is practised by over 600 million people in India and there is a strong political drive to eliminate this through the provision of on-site sanitation in rural areas. However, there are concerns that the subsequent leaching of excreta from subsurface storage could be adversely impacting underlying groundwater resources upon which rural populations are almost completely dependent for domestic water supply. We investigated this link in four villages undergoing sanitary interventions in Bihar State, India.

ALMORA: A recent review of the Uttarakhand government agenda of providing adequate sanitation facilities in rural households in Almora in 2015-16 showed that 27% of the population in the rural area

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Nirmal Gram Status to Villages, 17/12/2015. Number of Gram panchayats awarded Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP) during each of the last three years is at Annexure-1. Under the new Swach Bharat Mission (Gramin) launched on 2nd October, 2014, Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP) has been closed. State/UT-wise, number of Gram Panchayats identified for making Open Defecation Free during 2015-16 as per Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) prepared by the States/UTs is at Annexure-2.

This report explores the opportunities for investment in sanitation by the private sector, and it profiles 16 initiatives currently being undertaken for the provision of sanitation services and infrastructure, either through corporate social responsibility (CSR) funding, public private partnership (PPP), or independent corporate funding.

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