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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 […]

27 July 2018

Summary Messages Sunsari District’s open defecation free (ODF) declaration, the construction of 144,347 toilets and the promotion of hand-washing practices will not only greatly impact safety and dignity, but also have positive economic effects in the country. Nuwakot District, being one of the most affected areas during the 2015 earthquake, is the 58th district out […]

13 November 2017

WSSCC will be presenting the Global Sanitation Fund’s experiences in sustaining Open Defecation Free communities

25 August 2017

It already features among the most successful Hindi movies of 2017

26 July 2017

A pick of the documentation on achieving and sustaining ODF status in the WSSCC library

14 June 2017

Meet Freddy the Fly, a video illustrating a community’s journey to open defecation free status – from the fly’s perspective!

14 June 2017

Freddy the Fly poem illustrates the behaviour change journey of reaching open defecation free(ODF) status. Find it here in English and French

11 May 2017

Alétan is the first Open Defecation Free village supported by the Global Sanitation Fund in Benin