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November 7, 2011

South Asia struggles to tackle sanitation crisis: Can SAARC make a difference?

Filed under: Advocacy,MDG,Sanitation — Anita Pradhan @ 9:00 am

Talking about shit is neither romantic nor attractive for both politicians and media. But it is a reality in South Asia, where more than one billion people simply don’t have toilet to perform their natural functions, out of that about 700 million men, women and children defecate in open in highly undignified manner in remote rural villages to poor and informal urban localities in metropolitan cities .  They are exposed to severe health risks, violence and adding to environmental pollution. Majority of schools in all the countries don’t have toilets and hand washing facilities for children, hence a chance to change behaviour in next generation is missed out. (more…)

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