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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 […]

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 […]

31 January 2020

World Toilet Day 2019 in Togo By Alain Tossounon and Antoine A. Kankoé Adanlete DAPAONG, Togo – Hundreds of students, school children and market women across towns of Togo made a commitment to using latrines in an effort to tackle the nation’s devastating sanitation crisis, advocating for an open-defecation-free nation in celebration of World Toilet Day. […]

9 December 2019

Stakeholders call for a change at the national level to realize the ambition of achieving SDG 6.2 by 2025 By Alain Tossounon LADJI, Benin – In Benin, basic sanitation and hygiene are still a luxury for many people living in both rural and urban areas where open defecation is commonplace. The consequences of this practice […]

9 December 2019

Madagascar’s rural communities tackle the ongoing migration challenge By Hoby Randrianimanana MIARY LAMATIHY, Madagascar – In a rural commune of Madagascar, villages that have once ended the practice of defecating in the open are now facing a major difficulty sustaining their open defecation free status. That is all because of a precious stone that was found […]

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 […]

16 September 2019

By Joséa Ratsirarson Any activity at a village to end open defecation takes everyone’s participation. That’s what an executing agency in Madagascar, supported by WSSCC, strongly believes as they carry out its open defecation free programme throughout the country. The programme body in Antananarivo known as Fonds d’Appui pour l’Assainissement (FAA), or the Sanitation Support […]

2 July 2019

By Hiro Saito and Charles Dickson ANDOHARANOVELONA, Madagascar – The discussion with villagers starts early in the morning. Volunteers are invited to draw a map of their village on the ground with chalk. One woman’s sketch shows 17 families – a total of 65 people – living in 11 red clay houses. She explains they […]

15 November 2018

WSSCC co-convenes Rapid Action Learning to share strategies for faster success Ramping up the elimination of open defecation in India’s northern state of Bihar was the theme of a three-day workshop convened in the state’s Patna district from October 29 to 31. Seventy-five people – representing ten districts across the state, a civil society organization […]

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 […]

27 September 2018

In Bekwarra, a Local Government Area (LGA) in Nigeria, 131,000 people now live in clean and healthy environments, and all households and key public spaces have latrines and sanitation facilities. They have put an end to open defection through a collective behaviour change process. The impact of this change process is most felt by children […]