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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.

23 November 2010

A musician and activist whose songs about using latrines and washing hands are positively influencing the hygiene practices of communities in Mozambique; a widow who has risen through her caste status to lead a campaign against open defecation in her village in Ethiopia; and a toilet entrepreneur whose innovative partnership with local authorities is changing the way public toilets in Kenyan towns are managed, are the top winners of this year’s AMCOW AfricaSan Awards.

12 September 2019

WSSCC hosted a series of talk shows with special guests at 2019 World Water Week in Stockholm. Here is Dr. Robert Chambers, Research Associate at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, who was previously based in India and has a long-standing commitment to supporting Swachh Bharat Mission [WSSCC] Can you tell us about […]

11 September 2019

This past Tuesday, on the first day of the 42nd Human Rights Council in Geneva, WSSCC presented the following statement (watch here):   Mr. Chair, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen. WSSCC positively welcomes the Special Rapporteur’s report on the Human Rights to water and sanitation in spheres of life beyond the household with an […]

30 July 2019

GENEVA – As India advances its unprecedented, government-led movement, known as the Swachh Bharat Mission, to progress the ambition of the country being open defecation free, we sat down with Vinod Kumar Mishra, WSSCC India Coordinator, to discuss his views on how to reach the last mile in India and leave no one behind in […]

26 July 2019

GENEVA – Earlier in June, WSSCC had the opportunity to interview Mr Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council. Here is what he has to say about the striking connection between sanitation and human rights. WSSCC: First of all, why […]

16 July 2019

Ms Hind Khatib-Othman is currently the Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) having assumed this role in late 2018. Ms Khatib-Othman brings extensive leadership capabilities and a deep knowledge of international development work to the role, including grant making and programme finance operations. Since joining she has been keen to reinvigorate […]