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A look at the reports and briefs about policy and practice in water, sanitation and hygiene.
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WaterAid India develops a wide range of publications including technical reports, policy briefs, operations research, qualitative evaluations, good practice documents, and IEC materials. Available here are these publications for your reading and review.

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Spotlight on handwashing in rural India

The four fold objectives of this study are to: • Understand the level of awareness about hand hygiene, including a) critical times for handwashing; b) appropriate way to clean hands; c) importance of handwashing, and d) handwashing messages and their sources • Ascertain access to hand hygiene facilities at the household level, with a focus on a) presence of a designated place to wash hands; and b) presence of water and soap at the designated place • Explore hand hygiene practices at the individual and household level, including a) occasions when the individual washed hands with soap and water; and

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Quality and sustainability of toilets

With an aim to ensure open defecation free (ODF) India by 2019, Swachh Bharat Mission has been progressing at a rapid pace. Since its start in October 2014, over four crore toilets have been constructed across rural India. Lakhs of villages and hundreds of districts are being declared ODF across the country. However, there are concerns that the rapid top-down implementation focused on construction targets might have come about at the expense of the quality of the implementation. One key aspect within that would be the toilet technology choice and quality of the toilets built, which would affect the sustainability.

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WASH situation under Swachh Bharat Mission: Report of an early assessment in 2016

A concurrent assessment of rural SBM implementation across nine states in January to April 2016, to assess the status of WASH, and propose necessary policy implementation changes.

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Mala, Community Mobilizer and Anita, Panchayat Mobilizer facilitating the MHM session with village women and adolescent girls. Baisenbagh village, post interventionLucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Menstruation taboos: Reaching out only to adolescent girls is not enough

Shamed for a period stain, a young girl ends her life. It makes us rethink –is addressing menstruation related taboos by reaching out only to adolescent girls enough? A young girl ending her life because she was shamed in school for period stain on her uniform is unacceptable. A teacher humiliating a female student for a period stain in class is unacceptable. But, let us pause and think through what led to the event in Tamil Nadu a couple of weeks ago. India has undoubtedly made significant progress in tackling the much-tabooed topic of menstruation and menstrual hygiene. We have...

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