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Methods to assess household excreta disposal practices are critical for informing public health outcomes of efforts to improve sanitation. It is important as leaving human waste in natural areas can result in contaminated water supplies and soils. 60% of the "global total" who does not have access to toilets live in India, and hence are forced to defecate in the open. According to UNICEF and WHO report 949 million in 2010 worldwide, vast majority of people practicing open defecation live in rural areas. Though the number of rural people practicing open defecation has reduced by 234 million in 2010 than in 1990, “those that continue to do so tend to be concentrated in a few countries, including India.

This shows there is still a traditional thought that the presence of toilets in the compound makes the later impure. Only education and awareness can do something. Educated or uneducated, people in rural areas, for want of indoor plumbing use open space for defecating. There are people who think that open defecation is more hygienic and having an indoor toilet is dirty and filthy. We need a grass root campaign on how many diseases can be avoided by basic cleanliness and how spending on toilets is as important as developing other infrastructure. We don't need to build new temples, mosques, churches, gurudwaras etc. Public toilets with good water facility are the need of the hour. Bringing about a change in mindset is the paramount need.

—Vinod C. Dixit,

B-15 Jyoti-kalash Society,


News Updated at : Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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