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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

We work with government and partners to ensure that every child in India has access to clean water and safe sanitation facilities, and practices good hygiene behaviors

India has made rapid progress in ending open defecation across the country, which significantly impacts improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). 

In 2015, nearly half of India’s population of around 568 million people suffered the indignity of defecating in fields, forests, bodies of water, or other public spaces due to a lack of access to toilets.

A tremendous achievement, only possible because of the Government’s flagship programme, the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) (Clean India Campaign), led by the Prime Minister himself. We have been a proud partner of the Swachh Bharat Mission, which is now in phase two of its implementation.  

India has made rapid progress in ending open defecation across the country. The number of people defecating in the open in India has reduced significantly by an estimated 450 million people. However, we all need to ensure sustained use of toilets and hygiene practices at all times.  Open defecation has historically been most prevalent among the poorest citizens in the cities or the countryside. 

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Monitoring and evaluation for WASH 

WASH programming is grounded in empirical data, rigorous research and thoughtful analysis. To ensure community participation, gender mainstreaming, and efficient programming, all water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions get supported by social and behaviour change communication (SBCC. 

The interventions are also supported by monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and knowledge management (KM) frameworks.  

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