This paper presents an analysis of the baseline surveys of 12 UNICEF-DFID-Assisted districts under the Child’s Environment Project in 2001. The selected districts were in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The key parameters considered were the use of toilets within households, communication strategies used and improved hygiene practices at home.
This report presents key findings relating to some select indicators in the water and sanitation sector: use of toilets by households, access and availability of toilets in schools and prevalent hygiene practices at both household and community levels. The findings of the surveys presented in this paper do not highlight the initial conditions in each of the12 CEP districts as the baseline was conducted only by end 2001 by which time the project was half-way through.