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Can Modi’s next wave wash away open defecation?

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In this opinion piece, Diane Coffey and Dean Spears, of r.i.c.e., use data from the SQUAT survey to argue that the new government should focus on motivating people to want to use latrines, rather than merely constructing them.


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