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February 21, 2013

Ignorance of visually impaired in sanitation

Sushil Adhikari, 21, is a blind student. He lives at a college hostel in Kathmandu. The toilet at his hostel does not have appropriate facilities for him. There are no handrail for him to hold on to, nor footprints that he can feel to guide him on the way to the toilet.

As a result, he has to move his hand in and around the toilet to find where the pit hole is. This makes his hands dirty, not to mention that he has a hard time defecating in the right spot. Many times, he defecates outside the hole, and dirties the toilet. Other students and administrators at the hostel are irritated with him because of the extra cleaning that is required to look after Sushil.

Sushil Adhikari

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February 12, 2013

Link of the week – 12 February

Filed under: Advocacy,Open defecation free,Sanitation,Urban — Anita Pradhan @ 1:54 pm

Shit overflowing capital

The link is full page coverage today in Nepal Samacharpatra Daily. The feature explains how shit overflowing in Kathmandu valley together with country’s capital.

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February 8, 2013

Wheelchair accessible public toilet in Kathmandu?

In my first post, I talked about Sita Maya’s difficulty in going to the toilet, which was at a distance from her house in Baglung. But a lack of access to toilet is something urbanites with disabilities such as me face too – all the time.

I am a wheelchair user in Kathmandu. I try to travel around Kathmandu as much as I can. But it is difficult for me to find a wheelchair accessible toilet in the city. Most cinema halls, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, banks, private organisations, NGOs, INGOs and even government offices do not have toilets that provide access to a wheelchair user.

The blogger - Sagar Prasai

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Such a difficult journey to the toilet

Sita Maya, 46, of Devisthan in Baglung district in central Nepal is a physically- challenged single woman.

Her legs are shrunken due to polio. She cannot walk. Because of the hilly nature of her village, she cannot use a wheelchair to move around her neighborhood. Polio affected her right hand too. She crawls with the help of her left hand.

In Nepal, in rural areas, a toilet that’s built inside or adjacent to a house is considered, for cultural and religious reasons, to have polluting effects. In Sita’s case, her family built a toilet, but at a distance from the house.

Sita Maya at her house

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February 7, 2013

Photo of the week – 7 February

Filed under: Advocacy,Hand washing,Hygiene,Photo of the week — Anita Pradhan @ 12:42 pm

Dr Val Curtis, Founder of Global Hand Washing Day and Director of the Hygiene Centre - a multidisciplinary group dedicated to improving hygiene, sanitation and water in households and schools, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at lecture/ discussion programme held in Kathmandu in first week of February. The lively discussion is helped to think for spreading hygiene-centric messages.

February 5, 2013

Link of the week – 5 February

Filed under: Advocacy,Open defecation free,Sanitation — Anita Pradhan @ 9:00 am

Toilet at journalist residence

Federation of Nepalese Journalist, Parsa District branch declared that toilet is mandatory at the journalists’ household. “The declaration will be contributing in Open Defecation Movement in the District”, says Mr Krishna Das Khanal, Secretary-General of the Federation District Branch. It was decided in a meeting held on February first. The journalists who are already member of the Federation and do not have the toilet at household should construct within three months and who are willing to be new members of the Federation must have the toilet to receive membership.

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