As the year 2010 recedes into the past, these three pieces of statistics should motivate us all to work harder and more effectively in 2011.
- Nepal’s total population in 2011 (estimated from CBS): 28.58 million
- Total population with sanitation coverage (43 %): 12.29 million
- Total population without sanitation coverage (57 %): 16.29 million
That means, more than 16 million Nepali men and women have no choice but to defecate in the open every single day. In the new year, we will have to think a lot harder about how we plan, design and evolve WASH-related activities so that they are scalable and sustainable.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Written by Ashutosh Tiwari, Country Representative, WaterAid in Nepal