Terai Sanitation Campaign Gaining Momentum

Posted 29 July, 09:08 pm

July 29 2015, Since the establishment of the global sanitation fund in October 2010, encompassing six districts and six different municipalities, the project which is near its completion has created an open defecation free environment for more than 1.8 million people. This accomplishment lauded by many, has given way to an additional $ 6.5 million funding aimed at thoroughly improving the sanitation wellbeing of the people living in the Terai region of Nepal.

The campaign which took off in 2014 is being implemented in 8 districts of the Terai region which include Bara, Parsa, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Siraha and Saptari. All of these districts had an average of only 27 percent sanitation coverage before the initiation of the program. Therefore, with an aim to increase this coverage and diagnose the difficulties related to sanitation, the campaign has been focusing on consensus building, strategy planning & coordination, capacity building, implementation of ODF campaign, monitoring, sanitation marketing and knowledge management. As of June 2015, the campaign has already aided in the construction of nearly 63,826 toilets, which has impacted the lives of more than 389,869 people across the Terai region. With 16 VDCs already declared ODF, 106,112 people are currently living in open defecation free environments

The progress showcased by the initiation of the Global Sanitation Fund proves that the Terai region can soon achieve a hundred percent sanitation coverage. Bardiya, which was a part of the first phase of GSF, was the first district to be declared ODF in Terai. The accomplishment shown by Bardiya can definitely act as an inspiration for the other 8 districts which are moving steadily towards being ODF districts, serving the government’s goal to attain universal access to improved sanitation by 2017.