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Singing, laughing and talking toilets

Braving Delhi’s pre-winter chill, the city’s millennials gathered in huge numbers on a misty evening in the sylvan surroundings of Nehru Park to sing and laugh about toilets. But more on that in a while. Let’s begin with some grim stats, it’s really no joke that India has the world’s longest queue for people waiting... Read more

Clean India: one year on

One year after Prime Minister Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) – otherwise known as the Clean India Mission – to make India open defecation free by 2019, Neeraj Jain, WaterAid India’s Chief Executive, analyses its performance so far. In India, there are currently 77 million people without access to improved water sources and... Read more

World record for handwashing

With diarrhoea still one of the world’s deadliest illnesses, new ways to spread good hygiene habits as far as possible are increasingly necessary. Anil Cherukupalli, WaterAid India’s Media and Communications Manager, recounts how one local government reached millions with a bold, record breaking idea. The statistics are grim. Over 1.5 million children under five die... Read more

EcoSan toilets – an alternative to conventional sanitation in vulnerable locations

WaterAid India has recently been experimenting with various technologies that cater for the specific needs of communities in a particular area. With the help of our partners one such effort is underway in the Korba district of Chhattisgarh state, where some areas have a high water table. This geological feature means a high risk of... Read more

How many wives does it take to fetch water?

In communities with poor access to water, women often bear the burden of collecting it, but an extraordinary tradition in rural India takes this inequality to another level. Anil Cherukupalli, WaterAid India’s Media and Communications Manager, tells us about the water wives of Denganmal. How many wives does it take to fetch water? If you... Read more

The ‘Eco-Vapour’ toilet: making space for sanitation in India’s slums

The demand for household toilets is at an all-time high in the slums of India thanks to the launch of the Government’s Clean India Mission, which aims to end open defecation by 2019. However, a lack of space is making providing everyone with a household toilet particularly challenging. Puneet Srivastava, Policy Manager – Urban WASH... Read more

India on the road to cleanliness!

Mamata Dash, Manager – Campaigns & Rights, Equity & Inclusion at WaterAid India, looks at the progress made since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his Swachh Bharat Mission to make India open defecation free by 2019, and asks what more needs to be done to achieve this ambitious goal. It has been exactly one year... Read more

Will Narendra Modi free India from open defecation?

Andrés Hueso, WaterAid’s Policy Analyst – Sanitation, asks whether India’s new Prime Minister can eliminate open defecation by 2019. “Has it ever pained us that our mothers and sisters have to defecate in the open?” With these words, the new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed sanitation up the hierarchy of national concerns. Using the... Read more