sulabh swatchh bharat

Thursday, 22-November-2018

driving-home-the-point-about-toilets

DRIVING HOME THE POINT ABOUT TOILETS

18 weeks ago
According to a World Bank report about 18 countries with regard to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), despite impressive economic growth of 6.5 per cent per annum over the last decade, there are 23 million people dependent on water from unsafe sources and 48 millions stuck with unimproved sanitation conditions out of a total population of 59 million. The World Bank report said that the country was losing Tanzanian Shilling 453 billion (US$206 million) every year due to poor sanitation and hygiene. The World Bank has approved a loan of US$350 million to improve water supply and sanitation services in rural Tanzania on J...
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CYCLIST ON A UNIQUE JOURNEY

19 weeks ago
Speeding cars pulled over and pedestrians stopped by on a busy central Kolkata street seeing a middle-aged man strangely bending forward on his bicycle and spinning the front wheel with his hands. But while the cyclist’s incredible balance impressed many, his aim to achieve the near-impossible seems more stunning. Aiming to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission, Debendranath Bera, a BJP activist from West Bengal, has set out on a unique journey to travel more than 22,000 km across the country’s 33 states and union territories on a bicycle that neither has brakes, nor a seat nor a r...
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THE PROSPECT OF RECYCLED WATER

19 weeks ago
Australia is First World country in the Far East, along with Japan and New Zealand, and its civic amenities conform to those of the developed western countries. There are plenty of toilets, and the usual problems faced by poor people in developing countries in Asia and Africa are not those of the Australians. But there is a hitch, though, and it is of a different kind. Australia is a continent-country. It is the fifth continent. Large parts in the heart of Australia are desert stretch. The settlements are on the south coast, a bit to the west and then to the south-east. Apart from the Murray-Darling, which is the country&...
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SANITATION CHALLENGES IN TIMES OF POLITICAL TURMOIL

20 weeks ago
Political stability and democratic governance are prerequisites for pursuing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) like health and sanitation. If there is civil war it has its negative impact on providing civic amenities to people. The experience in Sudan serves as a good example of how development goals, especially connected with sanitation, get derailed, and increase the chances of an epidemic like cholera breaking out or the more vulnerable sections of population fall prey to common water-borne diseases like diarrhea resulting high rates of fatalities. Sudan witnessed an intense and vicious civil war between the norther...
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SPEEDING-UP THE PROCESS OF TOILET CONSTRUCTION

21 weeks ago
Uttar Pradesh is facing a daunting task of constructing 982 toilets per day to achieve the target of declaring the state open defection free (ODF) by October 2 2018, a deadline set by the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.  Out of total 75 districts in Uttar Pradesh, so far only 12 have been declared ODF while work in remaining 63 districts was slower than expected. The state had set a target of making 30 districts ODF by December 31 2017 but it stands nowhere to achieve the target.  Though the state is doing well in overall category of the Swachch Bharat Mission under Yogi Adityanath government but it may n...
ghana-struggle-for-sanitation

GHANA – STRUGGLE FOR SANITATION

21 weeks ago
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, who came to power in January 2017, has started a national sanitation campaign, deriving inspiration from Indian Prime Minister Narendra’s Modi’s nationwide total sanitation movement. He has set up for the first time in the country the ministry for sanitation and water resources. He has set for himself the goal of making Accra, the capital of Ghana, the cleanest city in Africa before his term in office ends.  He has formulated a national sanitation strategy: -Establishment of a National Sanitation Authority -Establishment of a National Sanitation Fund
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MEASURES TO COMBAT DISEASE

22 weeks ago
Uganda, the ‘Pearl of Africa’, is a small country with big attractions and even bigger aspirations. Here you’ll find the continent’s tallest mountain range and largest lake, the source of the world’s longest river, and 39 million people from more than 50 tribes. Apart from all the beautiful attraction, sanitation remains one of the key health issues in Uganda. Many people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities, propagating disease and high rates of child death (1.5 million deaths annually). In the early 1960s and the years before, many Ugandans were freely using the bush as thei...
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SELFIE WITH TOILET

23 weeks ago
Far behind the target, a district magistrate in Uttar Pradesh has come out with a bizarre way to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachch Bharat Mission a great success in schools when she made it mandatory of all primary school teachers to send their ‘selfie with toilet’ by 27th of every month for the release of their salaries. On the directives of Sitapur District Magistrate Sheetal Verma, the Basic Education department drafted a form with columns of filling up their details like name, address, post, place of posting, caste, Aadhar card number, mobile number etc. The form would be considered incompl...
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NEW MODELS FOR CONSTRUCTION AND USE OF TOILETS

23 weeks ago
According to a World Bank report, Ethiopia had moved quite considerably on the sanitation front in terms of building toilets, ending open defecation and ensuring toilet hygiene. In 2000, only 14 per cent of the rural and 72 per cent of the urban population had access to safe drinking water, and this improved by 2015 when 52 million people out of a population of 80 million had access to safe drinking water and 26 million people had access to sanitation services. According to the report of March 2016, the World Bank had invested US$860 million for safe drinking water and sanitation services in the country. USAID in its eval...
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TACKLING THE URBAN CHALLENGE

24 weeks ago
Morocco has a sewage problem. This is no secret to anyone on the street or on high, and the issue is being addressed with certain urgency. In the meantime, though, raw sewage continues to run amok not only in poor, rural areas, but also in urban areas that experience high tourist traffic. In rural provinces in Morocco, sanitation coverage is low compared to the relatively high standards of social development. To address these issues the Moroccan government has developed the Rural Water and Sanitation Project for which the World Bank has provided a $60 million IBRD loan. Within this project, a $4.42 million component speci...
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HOW THE BRITISH WORKED IT OUT

25 weeks ago
Ever since mankind first appeared on this shiny blue marble we call planet earth, there has been a need for us to use the toilet. Of course, back then the toilet was little more than a hole in the ground – if that – whereas today we’ve come to rely on the toilet as both a necessity and a source of comfort. When you’re sitting there on the toilet, you’re probably not thinking of the history of the throne beneath you, but why would you? The modern toilet does everything we want it to, and while we have come to take modern toilets and plumbing systems for granted we tend to forget that what we’re...
a-house-from-trash

A HOUSE FROM TRASH

27 weeks ago
Among the brick and cement houses that line the city of Bengaluru, one house stands out. It is mostly made from trash. The house, aptly named Kachra Mane (Trash house), attracts visitors throughout the year. G V Dasarathi’s 1,500sqft double-storeyed house is built from Kachra – which translates into trash or discarded material. But, the house is anything but rubbish!  As one enters the house, it gives a resort-type feeling with greenery everywhere, fresh air that makes way into the house through large windows and most importantly, the attractive wooden structure of the house.  The house is in ...