Sanitation: Learning from India’s Success

 | Science Africa

All villages in India have declared themselves Open Defecation Free (ODF), Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in early October 2019, announced. India amazed the world by building 110 million toilets for 600 million people within 60 months.

The Indian government’s announcement was not a common and a regular type of news; rather it has been one of the development milestones achieved at the entire global level. Previously, out of the 10 persons defecating in the open worldwide, six were Indians, that placed the country at the top of the global total sanitation crisis. In 2014, India accounted 60% of the world’s open defecation.

However, now open defecation and sanitation have become Africa’s primary development and health care challenges, according to Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India...Read more