Somalilandsun, Feb 7, 2013: If toilets meet children's needs, this will keep them in school longer, reduce the spread of life-threatening diarrhoeal diseases and help meet development goals, according to the charity Water For People.At least 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have proper sanitation facilities.
The combined effects of improper sanitation, unsafe water supply and poor hygiene are estimated to cause almost 2,000 child deaths per day, the U.N. children's agency, UNICEF, reports.
New Delhi, Nov. 8, 2012: Each dawn brings the same battle for Sangeeta Devi. The simple act of defecation takes tactful planning for the 30-year-old. For Devi, a local community worker, it’s a matter of life or death.
Devi, like the other women of her slum, lacks a toilet in her home. So she wakes up early when it’s still dark, walks toward the bushes on the edge of the slum and squats there to relieve herself.
Kenya: With the rising cases of insecurity and violence against women and children in the informal settlements in the city, a petition is underway to be sent to the Government to address this menace.
Young women are part of a campaign to bring much-needed social change and improve sanitation facilities
MDG : India: Indian Muslim brides Indian Muslim brides pose with their hands adorned with henna art before the start of a mass wedding organised by The Gujarat Sarvajanik Welfare Trust in Ahmedabad. Photograph: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images
“Burden of Inheritance” published in October 2009 by WaterAid India, report is an outcome to understand the complex and shameful practice of manual scavenging which unfortunately still exists in our country.
This report tries to seek answers to the question: Why have we not been able to eradicate manual scavenging? To get to the bottom of this scourge, the report has first explored the question: why are people continuing in this occupation despite availability of other dignified livelihood sources? Why is manual scavenging in practice in towns and cities where other cleaner options for survival exist? When there are feasible and viable technological alternatives to dry toilets, one of the drivers of this occupation, why does the practice continue?
"Clean water and sanitation can make or break human development."... read about the drinking water and sanitation scenario across the world in the “Human Development Report 2006' Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis”. The HDR 2006 is an independent report commissioned by the UNDP for to assess the level of people's long-term well-being.
"Sulabh Community Latrines: 12 Million Customers Daily", is a case study on Sulabh written in 2004. Every day, Sulabh provides sanitation to 12 million people and charges a small fee, demonstrating that even poor people are willing to pay to use a clean toilet. Sulabh is running over 6,000 community centers all over India, but this is still a drop in the ocean. The founder, Bindeshwar Pathak, says that over 150,000 such centres would be needed. The service is just breaking even, but now Pathak wants to create a new organisation that will allow him to expand further.
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The following case studies depict the positive impact of the work of the Aga Khan Development Network, on the lives of rural women, as a result of the provision of sanitation facilities within their households. The case studies are written as conversations with or personal stories of a woman, whose life has been impacted by AKDN's work.