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25 June 2015

The GoU receives funding from UNOPS/WSSCC to support the Uganda Sanitation Fund (USF) Programme. The USF overall objective is to contribute to reduction of morbidity and mortality rates through improved sanitation and hygiene with a focus on building sustainable and improved sanitation and hygiene facilities, stopping open defecation and promoting handwashing with soap. The programme is implemented in 30 districts, largely located in the Teso, Lango and West Nile regions and is managed by the Ministry of Health.

15 May 2015

The programme in Togo is a key contributor to the national movement ‘Togo Sans Défécation à l’Air Libre’ (‘Open Defecation Free Togo’).

15 May 2015

The ‘Accelerated Sanitation and Hygiene Practices Programme’ in Malawi supports national and post-2015 goals to eliminate open defecation.

21 April 2015

A new report shows that GSF-supported programmes have enabled 7 million people in more than 20,500 communities to end open defecation.

14 October 2014

Last week, the Prime Minister announced that his government will commit US $40 million over the next four years towards ending open defecation.

24 February 2014

By 2030:

• to eliminate open defecation;

• to achieve universal access to basic drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for households, schools and health facilities; 

• to halve the proportion of the population without access at home to safely managed drinking water and sanitation services; and

• to progressively eliminate inequalities in access.

22 September 2013

The GSF progamme in India is working over five years in select districts in the States of Assam, Bihar and Jharkhand. The GSF programme strategy is to support and strengthen the national sanitation programme – the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) – and its goal of achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) status for all Gram Panchayats by 2022.


13 May 2013

Haji Osman Sahib promotes the use of toilets amongst Muslins. Now, he wants to intensify this movement against open defecation.

22 March 2013

In 10 countries – Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal Tanzania and Uganda – Global Sanitation Fund Sub-grantees have implemented sanitation and hygiene awareness-raising and promotion activities resulting in:

  • 1.4 million people with improved toilets.
  • More than 1 million people in nearly 4,000 communities now live in open defecation free environments.
  • Almost 10,000 communities have participated in demand-creation activities.
  • 3.8 million people have heard about the importance of good hygiene through community activities and communications campaigns.


1 March 2013

Villagers in Matam, a region of Senegal,  celebrated a major milestone in the implementation of the community-led total sanitation approach (CLTS), namely the end of open defecation.

11 January 2013

Exciting things are happening as the Global Sanitation Fund continues to be implemented in Nepal. UN-Habitat is leading the work as the Executing Agencies, and a number of partner Sub-Grantees are working to achieve Open Defecation Free Status in 5 districts and five municipalities. The four components of the GSF programme are

15 May 2012

Popular Indian actress Vidya Balan joined the ranks of Shah Rukh Khan and became the celebrity face for sanitation campaigns in India. As a brand ambassador she will help to fight open defecation, promote sanitation and appeal to communities to help improve their health, livelihoods and security.