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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Why India’s Toilet Data Is Too Good To Be True | Sneha Alexander | LiveMint

The latest data from the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) portal suggests that 27 out of India’s 36 states and Union territories are now open defecation free (ODF) with 98.6% of Indian households having access to toilets.  While toilets are an important first step for sanitation, they still need to be used.  Reducing open defecation requires behavioural change.  This article by Sneha Alexander cites the findings of the recent study by rice and Accountability Initiative on the effectiveness of the SBM in promoting toilet ownership and use in rural north India.  Read More…

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