Hygiene

Khammam district, well known for its collieries and scenic spots, has something interesting to offer on the sanitation front as well. Two mandals, Sathupalli and Dammapeta, were declared as 100% open defecation free within a short span after the launch of the Total Sanitation Campaign in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. 
 
Dammapeta was the first to achieve the feat. Inspired...
Sanitation has been a national concern for over three decades now. Ambitious government programmes and consistent awareness campaigns have made the issue of sanitation more prominent today than before; receiving heightened vocal support, both from politicians as well as the public.
 
The Union Government launched the Total Sanitation campaign in the last decade of the...
2002 marked the beginning of a journey that managed to inspire several panchayat leaders and workers in Ramanathapuram. The Total Sanitation Campaign was launched in June that year and within a year's time, over 15,000 individual toilets were up and functional. Close to 250 schools had toilets with running water and nearly 400 Balwadis were equipped with functional toilet. 
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When Dr. Mapuskar landed in Dehu village to practice medicine, there were no toilets. With no other option at hand, Mapuskar joined the hundreds of others in the village and went out in the open. It didn’t take long for him to be convinced that the general ill heath of the populace is directly related to the poor state of sanitation and hygiene.
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With over 638 million people defecating in the open, India’s obsession with constructing toilets is not surprising. In a bid to arrest the number of people going out to answer nature’s call, successive governments have been pushing their total sanitation drive under different names.

The Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan’s target was to completely wipe out open defecation in the country by 2017....

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