Sanitation mission needs to focus beyond toilets

As we are on the cusp of completing the Swachh Bharat Mission in October 2019, we now need to look beyond building toilets and achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) cities.

Bhawna Prakash Building toilets is the first step – India’s sanitation journey has just begun

With the advent of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), 54.64 lakh individual toilets and 4.64 lakh community and public toilets have been built in urban areas. With all the emphasis being on behaviour change communication, we know that building and using toilets has had a positive impact on one’s health, hygiene and environment. By using a toilet, we believe the job is done and the rest will be taken care of. We tend to flush and forget!

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