Despite awareness, sanitation, toilet access lacking in city

Facing neglect: As per the study, 75% of the households surveyed said municipal sanitation services were “occasionally” provided. File Photo: Sandeep Saxena   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

While awareness levels increased with intervention, the practical problems around improving sanitation and access to clean water and toilets remained, as per a study released here on Monday.

From 2012 till 2015, the Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR) carried out awareness campaigns on water, sanitation and hygiene in Delhi, Kolkata and Jaipur with the help of community organisations.

A study of the campaigns by the Institute for Human Development found that awareness about water, sanitation and hygiene had increased.

Public toilets bring relief

In Delhi, one of the successes seen was the construction and upkeep of public toilets with the support of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board.

The study pointed out that the use of toilets alone would not lead to an improvement in overall sanitation in neighbourhoods, without adequate arrangement for water and sewer lines. As per the study, 75% of the 1,321 households surveyed said municipal sanitation services were “occasionally” provided, while 24% said they were “regular”.

Menstrual hygiene

On increasing awareness of personal hygiene, the study found that more women recognised that sanitary napkins should be used instead of cloth to maintain menstrual hygiene. While presenting the findings, the principal investigator, Preet Rustogi, said women had started “identifying priorities, raising their articulate voices where needed, seeking the help of CFAR members or local leaders and actively working to ensure that their rights are met”.

Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal, who gave the keynote address, said the lack of clean public toilets was a challenge that she had also experienced. She added that the DCW was serious about addressing the sanitation challenges.

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Printable version | Jan 16, 2021 11:35:10 AM |

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