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Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition http://t.co/h7Qo9vrzGL — The New York Times (@nytimes) July 14, 2014 Btw, if you don't follow us on twitter, you should. Rice research covered by the New York Times: http://t.co/Oy2mwn9ckE— rice...Read More..

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[caption id="attachment_1650" align="aligncenter" width="599"] A word cloud of the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan guidelines[/caption]   Continuing with our chart month, we post a word cloud of the programme implementation guidelines of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation's (MoDWS) Nirmal Bharat...Read More..

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Principles for a Swatchh Bharat Mission

By on July 12th, 2014

For ensuring hygiene, waste management and sanitation across the nation a “Swachh Bharat Mission” will be launched. This will be our tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary to be celebrated in the year 2019. – Address to...Read More..

Here is an interesting story from SQUAT survey in Jodhpur that I would like to share today. This story has some implications for the upcoming ambitious Swatchh Bharat Mission Plan of NDA government. “Purna Ram and Ram Deen (names changed)...Read More..

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Its chart month on rice blog, and we are going to post a lot of charts in the coming weeks. This post has a crude graph about what do people complain about. CGNet Swara is an award winning initiative that...Read More..

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The new government came out with its first Economic Survey. The economic survey is released by the Finance Ministry every year just before the annual Budget of the Indian government (which was delayed this year because of the elections). The...Read More..

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) issued an order to all states saying that they must construct over 5.2 million toilets by August 31st, the 100th day of the new government’s term. That’s just 58...Read More..

Nikhil's fantastic article, titled "Lack of toilets is not the only reason why people defecate in the open" was published in the popular youth e-magazine Youth Ki Awaz. In the article, Nikhil discusses the reasons many people use to justify...Read More..

The recent rape case of two minor girls in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh has called forth a need for toilet construction for women. Perhaps, there is an urgent need for toilets (for men as well as women) but more...Read More..

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Two new articles came out this week, both urging the government to focus on the right problem – the one of changing attitudes to eliminate open defecation in India. Using data from the SQUAT survey, Yamini Aiyer and Avani Kapur...Read More..

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Using the method described by Friedrich Huebler on his blog, and using estimates of the WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme on Water Supply and Sanitation, and with advice from my friend Srini, I created an open defecation map of...Read More..

We already shared these on our facebook and twitter pages, but not on this blog, so here goes. Kundan Pandey of DownToEarth, India's very cool green magazine published a short report on the Squat Survey. Then YouthKiAwaaz (Voice of the...Read More..

Our new research paper and policy brief summarizing findings from the SQUAT survey are now up! Check out the SQUAT Report website at http://squatreport.in. It is clear that many people who live in households with latrines still defecate in the...Read More..

Dr. Dean Spears is presenting the findings of the Squat Survey at PHFI. We posted the event details in the post before this, but here is the webinar link. You can watch Dean live presenting this paper at PHFI....Read More..

  At 3pm on Thursday, June 26th -- the day after tomorrow -- I will be making the first presentation of the findings from our new paper. The paper summarizes the survey results. One key finding is that open defecation...Read More..

Diane and Dean's op-ed in the Hindustan Times came out today: here is the link.   D&D argue that Open defecation is killing children, stunting growth, and holding India back from a more developed future. We don’t need the government...Read More..

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