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"Key Facts About Safe Drinking Water,Sanitation & Hygiene Practices"

Water, Environment and Sanitation UNICEF’s long standing support for improving water supply, sanitation and hygiene stems from a firm conviction and based on sound evidence that these are central to ensuring the rights of children.  In fact, it is essential for children to survive, grow and develop into healthy and fulfilled citizens of the world. In the broader context, UNICEF’s activities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Fast Facts Hand washing with soap, particularly after contact with excreta, can reduce diarrhoeal diseases by over 40 per cent and respiratory infections by 30 per cent.  Diarrhoea and respiratory infections are the number one cause for child deaths in India. Hand washing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrhoeal diseases and pneumonia. With 638 million people defecating in the open and 44 per cent mothers disposing their children’s faeces in the open, t

Why children are attending less School?

Heeals , 14th July 2012  by Gaurav Kashyap Behaviour of children towards Unhygienic practice, have a significant impact on child’s academic performance. majority of children are not properly taught healthy sanitation& personal hygiene habits , like washing hands with soap regularly ,wash hand before and after eating ,bathing daily. Unhygienic practice make them sick, due to sickness they skip there classes, which result in poor academic performance and High dropout cases from School. A good Hygienic behaviour in children help them in improving their academic performance ,availability of good sanitation facilities &improve in personal hygiene make children regular in their classes  and help in reducing the dropout cases. Full Report: “On Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Facilities 2012” Sixty percent of people living in india do not have access to Toilets and hence are forced to defecate in the open . This make India the number One country in the world where open def

HUMAN WASTE TO LIGHT UP BIO-TOILETS DEVELOPED BY DRDO

HUMAN WASTE TO LIGHT UP BIO-TOILETS DEVELOPED BY DRDO Picture:  Kolkata, July 4, 2012:  Methane gas generated from human waste could be used to light up  bio-toilets developed by scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation. Acting on suggestions made by the Union minister for rural development, Mr Jairam Ramesh, the premier research agency is now working to provide lighting solution for the convenience of those who will use bio-toilets in darkness. “We are finding out the means to do it as the rate of production of methane gas will be very small and it will be difficult to concentrate it at one place,” DRDO's head of research and development Dr W Selvamurthy said.  Mr Ramesh had recently inaugurated DRDO's project at Odisha's Dhamra coast where they are installing 1,000 bio-toilets to prevent open-defecation. The minister had also asked officials there to increase the width of the eco-friendly toilet, named 'E-LOO' by DRDO, and also provi

How Mobile Games Can Help Improve Sanitation

More than 2.5 billion people, many of them in Africa and South Asia, face grave sanitation challenges. In many of these countries, people are more likely to own a cell phone than a toilet.  Therefore  there is an obvious opportunity to use mobile technology to promote the use of sanitation and good hygiene in order to make a substantial impact. Mobile phones in Kenya transfer money; Bangladeshis listen to English language classes on their phones; and in Ghana, women entrepreneurs use mobiles to market their wares. The growing Games for Change industry applies principles of traditional social games to address specific challenges . For example, in the UK,  Channel 4 commissioned the game developer Playniac to build an online game to improve financial literacy among the 50% of young Britons who are heavily in debt. In Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, young developers have built iPhone, Android, and Javascript games based on local storylines. Pledge 51, a Nigerian developer group, rec

Sanitation project in limbo in West Bengal,India

With the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) delaying identifying beneficiaries for the integrated sanitation programme, people living below the poverty line in the twin cities are once again being denied the opportunity to live a better life. Even two years after the project was launched, the HDMC has not shown much interest to complete the survey of beneficiaries on time and submit a report to the government to fast-track the proceedings. In the absence of proper sanitation facilities, these people of a lesser god are forced to go through the ignominy of attending nature's call in the open and living in unhygienic conditions. The much-hyped sanitation programme, funded by both the central government and the state government, is aimed at providing toilet facilities for all the BPL families. In 2009, the municipal corporations in the state were asked to conduct a survey to identify the beneficiaries and submit a report to the government. Under the project, each fam

Toilets are being used for storing food grain: Ramesh

 Decrying the lack of proper sanitation facilities, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday said toilets built over the last 10 years across the country are being used for storing food grain. "In last 10 years, toilets have been built (across the country)...But toilets are not being used for the purpose for which they had been built. They are being used for storing food grain...they have been turned into storage godowns and they have been locked," Ramesh told reporters here today. The minister chaired a regional review meeting on drinking water supply and sanitation in which representatives from Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh participated. Asked about states where toilets were being used for storing food grain, Ramesh said Punjab was one of them where this practice was being followed. Not optimistic of achieving the target of making India an open-defecation free country in next 10 years, Ramesh said there were sev