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Good Practices in Community Led Total Sanitation

posted 20 Jun 2012, 23:28 by RCN Uganda   [ updated 20 Jun 2012, 23:57 ]
The Global picture on sanitation and children Worldwide, inadequate sanitation facilities contribute to the deaths of thousands of women and children. Globally, 2.6 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation, with a big percentage from the sub-Saharan Africa. Over nine million children under the age of 5 die annually largely due to preventable water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases. This calls for improved access to safe water and sanitation services in order to improve people’s health.

Plan’s global and regional approach to sanitation Plan’s overall goal on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is to see children and youth meet their right to safe, reliable and affordable drinking water supplies, to hygienic sanitation, and to a clean environment. Since this is critical for the survival and development of children, as well as for the economic well-being of their families and communities, Plan pursues this goal by promoting high impact low cost approaches for sanitation improvement, such as Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS), and by supporting community and school-led efforts, as well as those of government, the private sector, and civil society partners.

Plan introduced CLTS in the country in 2007. Later that year, the initiative was launched in Uganda with training support from Plan Kenya and Network for Water and Sanitation (NETWAS) a Ugandan networking organization in the water and sanitation sector. This started with a national level training programme targeting district-level government staff, Village Health Teams (VHTs) and selected community members. Read More