Hygiene

Author: Radhika Viswanathan

When Arghyam decided to work on behaviour change in sanitation in 2013, Davangere in Karnataka was the pilot district of choice. At that time, though open defecation was practised, a little over half of the households had toilets, patronized mainly by the women. Convenience and safety were cited as the prime motivators for toilet...

‘Sanitation is more important than independence’, Mahatma Gandhi famously pronounced. India’s battle with total sanitation is an ongoing saga with successive governments working to provide and safeguard this basic human right for a few decades now. 

Following the Gandhian ideal of ‘sanitation for all’, in its biggest and most recent cleanliness drive, the Government of India launched...

Arghyam, a grant making foundation working in water and sanitation in India, hosted a workshop on 27th January 2015 at the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore to understand the interface between groundwater and sanitation in India. After a decade of work across the country, Arghyam has...

Author: Madhavi Purohit

With sanitation occupying centre stage, practically every day there is an article related to sanitation in mainstream media interspersed with announcements relating to government’s sanitation programme. 
 
The sanitation challenge has several facets – generating demand for better sanitation facilities, changing...

Author: Amrtha Kasturi Rangan

As you read this, more than 15,000 people in over 60 villages in Tamil Nadu will be doing something they would not have imagined 2 years back - using their private, bath-attached toilets. Brightly painted bath attached toilets meet brighter smiles when water storage structures and specially designed toilet seats for their infants accompany them...

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