Sanitation and Hygiene

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December 2, 2021 Public toilets and choice of work for women
Separation between women and men’s toilets (Image: Rajesh Pamnani; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
October 15, 2021 Interventions to promote hand hygiene should be designed based on an understanding of what people care about, says report on ‘State of the world’s hand hygiene’
Girls learn the value of hand-washing (Image: Kristen Kelleher, USAID, Pixnio)
October 4, 2021 Lessons from the Swachh Bharat Mission experience
Pop culture icons like Gabbar Singh are painted on the walls of a toilet complex in New Delhi (Image: Project Raahat, Enactus)
July 6, 2021 If trends persist, billions will be left without critical, life-saving WASH services, says a SDG monitoring report

Between 2016 and 2020, the global population with safely managed drinking water at home increased from 70% to 74% (Image: Pxhere)
May 11, 2021 Bathing spaces and not toilets alone, aid women in maintaining health and hygiene. It is time the Swachh Bharat Mission pays attention to bathing spaces as well!
A temperory bathing space with no water and privacy in a fishing village in Tamil Nadu (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Bamboo stick handwashing station
The bamboo stick handwashing station designed by Sehgal Foundation is an extremely convenient, effective and low cost filter that can be used for handwashing anywhere and is also easy to transport from one place to another. Posted on 19 May, 2022 10:38 AM

Safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are the essential components to lead a healthy life. Correct, consistent, and continuous practices of WASH behavior, particularly hand hygiene can help prevent infections and spread of diseases.

Handwashing, to prevent waterborne diseases (Image Source: Biswarup Ganguly via Wikimedia Commons)
Menstrual hygiene management: Looking beyond WASH
A study from rural Odisha found that exclusive focus on provision of facilities such as household latrines or bathing areas with access to piped water did not help much in improving menstrual hygiene practices until the sociocultural barriers experienced by women were also addressed. Posted on 19 Apr, 2022 11:47 AM

Managing menstruation, with dignity

More than 300 million girls and women between the ages of 15 and 49 are menstruating everyday. Managing menstruation hygienically and with dignity is crucial for health and well being of women.

Women in Deogarh, Odisha (Image Source: Ekta Parishad via Wikimedia Commons)
National (rural) WASH Conclave 2022
NIRDPR in Collaboration with Ministry of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, UNICEF, WaterAid and other development partners is organizing the National WASH Conclave 2022 - “WASH Forward - Advancing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Panchayats during 23 -24 - 25 February, 2022 on a virtual platform.
Posted on 16 Feb, 2022 06:02 PM

The National WASH Conclave 2022 with the theme – “WASH Forward: Advancing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Panchayats” is aimed at bringing Government and all sector players on a platform to deliberate, reflect, share and learn from experiences on effective delivery of WASH services by Panchayats including ways to improve resilience to future

The loo loop
Public toilets and choice of work for women Posted on 02 Dec, 2021 03:53 PM

A UN report predicts that 50 percent of India’s population will be living in urban areas by 2030.

Separation between women and men’s toilets (Image: Rajesh Pamnani; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Hand hygiene, a public policy issue
Interventions to promote hand hygiene should be designed based on an understanding of what people care about, says report on ‘State of the world’s hand hygiene’ Posted on 15 Oct, 2021 08:45 AM

The simple act of cleaning hands can save lives and reduce illness by helping prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The benefits of hand hygiene in preventing the transmission of infectious diseases have been known since 1850.

Girls learn the value of hand-washing (Image: Kristen Kelleher, USAID, Pixnio)
Understanding the thinking behind IEC in large programs
Lessons from the Swachh Bharat Mission experience Posted on 04 Oct, 2021 03:24 PM

Our governing ministries in the Centre and in States plan several programs every year for the overall betterment of lives and livelihoods of the masses, and many of them require people to under

Pop culture icons like Gabbar Singh are painted on the walls of a toilet complex in New Delhi (Image: Project Raahat, Enactus)
Billions lack access to WASH services
If trends persist, billions will be left without critical, life-saving WASH services, says a SDG monitoring report

Posted on 06 Jul, 2021 06:40 PM

A UNICEF-WHO Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report on drinking water and sanitation indicates that billions of people will lack access safely

Between 2016 and 2020, the global population with safely managed drinking water at home increased from 70% to 74% (Image: Pxhere)
Bathing spaces for women - crucial for WASH!
Bathing spaces and not toilets alone, aid women in maintaining health and hygiene. It is time the Swachh Bharat Mission pays attention to bathing spaces as well! Posted on 11 May, 2021 08:02 PM

While it is known that women and girls experience considerable challenges than men and boys in accessing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) resources, there is minimal discussion on bathing spaces for women while the focus continues to be on toilet construction.

A temperory bathing space with no water and privacy in a fishing village in Tamil Nadu (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Skilling and engaging first mile actors to enable local water management: Context, opportunities, and engagement possibilities
Based on conversations with Dr Tushaar Shah and Mr Ved Arya Posted on 17 Apr, 2021 11:46 AM

Every year, programs of central and state governments and donor-supported programs train thousands of people who work to implement programs on water and sanitation in their villages.

There is an urgency to create a database of such skilled persons and engage them in future programs or on a long-term basis through different engagement models. (Image: ForWater Partners)
Swacchagrahis: The frontline workers of India's largest sanitation program
There is a need for long term sustained engagement of the skilled workforce for water and sanitation Posted on 13 Apr, 2021 02:04 PM

There is good evidence that frontline workers have proved to be gamechanger in the delivery of services like health and integrated child development services (ICDS).

Swachhagrahis are the motivators for bringing about behaviour change concerning key sanitation practices in rural India. (Image: SBM)
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