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13 April 2017

The dangers of open defecation are explained in the campaign, with messages delivered by local celebrities

15 June 2020

WSSCC National Coordinator applauds inauguration of campaign steering committee By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – WSSCC’s National Coordinator for Nigeria, Ms Elizabeth Jeiyol, has commended Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on the inauguration of a steering committee newly established for the Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign. The campaign is a government-led initiative supported by UNICEF, […]

24 May 2020

Communicate effective measures to prevent COVID-19 By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – Faced with a major challenge of dealing with the possible outbreak of COVID-19, ward officials of Kispang Rural Municipality in central Nepal are using the lockdown period to intensify the ongoing campaign to create awareness of handwashing with soap and water as a […]

28 April 2020

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – Ms Chizoma Opara is the acting coordinator of the “Clean Nigeria” campaign – a government initiative supported by UNICEF, World Bank and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), amongst others, to end open defecation (OD) in the country. She believes the country has a unique opportunity to […]

6 April 2020

By Hoby Randrianimanana ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – A recent Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted by UNICEF and INSTAT (Madagascar National Institute of Statistics) on WASH in Madagascar has shown a significant decrease in drinking water coverage – from 54% (reported by WHO/UNICEF JMP) in 2017 to 41% in 2018. The same survey reveals a major […]

4 March 2020

By Renu Kshetry Shrestha heaved a sigh of relief when his dream of declaring Nepal an open defecation free country became a reality last September. Now 60 years old, Namaste Lal Bhoomi Shrestha has spent 36 years of his life in the water and sanitation field, including as Senior Sanitation Specialist at the United Nations […]

27 February 2020

Peer-to-peer sharing set to accelerate a sanitation campaign in Cambodia By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – A five-day examination of Nepal’s implementation strategies to achieve open defecation free (ODF) status has equipped 18 delegates visiting from Cambodia with a number of best practices they plan to put to good use back home. The peer-to-peer learning […]

21 February 2020

by Hoby Randrianimanana ANTSIAFABOSITRA, Madagascar – In 2018, the Madagascar programme of WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) reported it had helped 2.1 million people become open defecation free (ODF). The programme, Fonds d’Appui pour l’Assainissement (FAA), had also provided 3.7 million with access to sanitation and handwashing facilities. In December 2019, FAA added to those […]

19 November 2019

When toilets become a question of dignity and right By Renu Kshetry NUWAKOT, Nepal – It was 15 years ago when 10 illuminated women in a Nepali village stood up to change behaviour of their neighbors and went on as the driving force to start promoting the importance of sanitation. Sunita Gurung, a mother of […]

6 November 2019

Nepal’s sanitation campaign making a difference in Majhi By: Charles Dickson MAJHI, Nepal – Recently, the national campaign to end open defecation across Nepal arrived in Sunaina Devi’s village, and it promises to be transformational. Sunaina lives in Majhi, a village of 104 impoverished people in Nepal’s Terai region. Majhi’s huts of mud, thatch and […]

17 September 2019

Join WSSCC and the Permanent Mission of Nigeria on 24 September in New York for this upcoming UN General Assembly side event. Achieving universal access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene by 2030 is a major challenge in many parts of the world, with 2 billion people still lacking access to basic sanitation services, […]

28 September 2018

By Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director, WSSCC India may be the world’s largest democracy, with 815 million eligible voters with access to the ballot. Much less a source of pride is the fact that, historically, so few Indians have access to a toilet. This situation is changing fast, however. As of 2014, for 550 million people […]