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Switching study presentation at IGC at 3pm on Friday (today)!

Written by Payal Hathi on July 18th, 2014
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Today at 3pm, in a presentation called “Culture and the health transition: the case of sanitation in rural north India” Diane will be presenting findings from the Switching Study, a qualitative companion study to the SQUAT survey, at the IGC-ISI India Development Policy Conference.

This qualitative study seeks to understand households’ and individuals’ motivations for constructing and using a latrine using in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 99 households in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and the Nepali terai. In the presentation, Diane will explore how cultural understandings of a wholesome rural life and the impurity of affordable latrines lead to the persistence of open defecation and to a rejection of latrine use in India. These attitudes, while widespread, continue to go unaddressed by government policy and practice.

The conference is happening at the Le Meridien hotel in Delhi. We hope you can join us today!