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1 May 2020

By Raza Naqvi Panthdeep Singh helped protect his Punjab village from disease by leading its effort to become open defecation free (ODF). Now he is putting many of the same sanitation and hygiene strategies to work in the fight against COVID-19. Mr Singh, the Sarpanch (head) of the village of Chhina in India’s district of […]

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 […]

25 March 2020

By Enock Kusasira and Kevin Mwanza BULAMBULI, Uganda – In Uganda’s eastern border district of Bulambuli, there is a town where the mayor put up cows as prizes in a latrine-building competition. To win, the latrines had not only to be the best and the cleanest, but also made of locally-available materials. “We have used […]

8 March 2020

de Renu Kshetry M. Shrestha a poussé un soupir de soulagement lorsqu’en septembre dernier, son rêve de voir le Népal déclaré « pays libéré de la défécation en plein air » est devenu réalité. Aujourd’hui âgé de 60 ans, Namaste Lal Bhoomi Shrestha a passé 36 ans de sa vie dans le domaine de l’approvisionnement en eau et de l’assainissement. […]

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 […]

27 December 2019

‘Clean Nigeria: Use the toilet’ campaign scores an achievement in Gwer East By Machrine Birungi and United Purpose GENEVA, Benue State – On 19 December, 2019, the people of Gwer East Local Government Area (LGA) in Benue state of Nigeria celebrated a spectacular achievement. The area was declared open defecation free (ODF), implying that the […]

9 November 2019

Swachh Bharat Mission is the biggest people’s movement on sanitation in the world that seeks to create a Clean India. As reported by the Government of India, close to 100% Open Defecation Free (ODF) status has been achieved. The current focus of the national flagship programme is now on ODF Plus (ODF+), which aims at […]

11 April 2017

Obanliku Local Government Area (LGA) in Cross River State, Nigeria is the first of the 774 LGAs in the country to achieve open defecation free (ODF) status

2 February 2017

In Agelilyec, community members are supporting disadvantaged groups as part of a larger effort to keep their village open defecation free.

17 October 2016

Three Traditional Authorities supported by GSF-funded programme in Malawi recently celebrated becoming open defecation free.

29 July 2016

On the ground and in communities, Sub-grantees are the lifeblood of Global Sanitation Fund (GSF)-supported country programmes.