Kathmandu, May 8, 2013: Accham became the first district in the Far-Western Region to provide toilet access to all by declaring itself Open Defecation Free (ODF) on Wednesday.
The district also became the fifth ODF district in the country after it constructed toilets in each household in all the 75 Village Development Committees (VDC). So far, six municipalities and 750 of the total 3,995 VDCs in the country have been declared ODF.
Bhuvaneshwar, May 7, 2013: Children of around 20 per cent households in the city are still deprived of toilet facility for which they resort to open defecation.
New Delhi, Apr 28, 2013: A staggering 56% children living in slums and unauthorised colonies in Delhi defecate in the open due to lack of community toilets.
It not only puts them at the risk of facing exploitation but also poses a serious health challenge to the affluent colonies located near these areas, says a baseline survey carried out by Mission Convergence last year.
Mission Convergence is a flagship project of the Delhi government. The survey points out that 79% children below the age of three years use open spaces for defecation.
Tonk (Rajasthan), Apr 11, 2013: A few years ago, Shadima Bi, like many other children in Hajipura village in Rajasthan's Tonk district, would feel embarrassed going out in the open to defecate. These days, the morning ablutions do not occupy her thoughts as her village is now open defecation free (ODF).
"Earlier we would go out to defecate in the open and face embarrassment. In the night we wouldn't go out because we felt insecure. But now, every house in the village has a toilet. Things are much easier," the 13-year-old said.
New York, Nov. 19, 2012: On World Toilet Day, UNICEF says that trends in the past five years allow for cautious optimism that significant progress will be made in decreasing the number of people globally who practice open defecation.
A lack of toilets remains one of the leading causes of illness and death among children.
Jan 24, 2013: The United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) says despite significant and encouraging declines in open defecation since 1990, 1.1 billion people (15 per cent of the world's population) still practice it.
Thiruvanthapuram, Jan 22, 2013: At long last, the State capital is ready for Nirmal status, by which it will join the list of districts that have been declared free of open defecation, a major challenge to State efforts to combat contagious diseases.
The work to get rid of a practice, which pointed accusing fingers at even the popular concept that the State was much ahead of others when it came to public hygiene, had begun more than a year ago with efforts to ensure latrines for all families and adequate numbers of public latrines.
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Nov. 9, 2012: Accra, the capital of of Ghana, is a city widely known for its very modern infrastructure, which includes beautiful architecture, a very good road network and flyovers, including the recent but famed George Walker Bush Motorway, which stretches from the Tetteh Quarshie Roundabout to Mallam junction.
Indore, Oct 17, 2012: Amid controversial statements of Union minister of sanitation and drinking water Jairam Ramesh while promoting latrines in the house, threat of security for the women has also emerged as in issue.
While going to defecate in field, women are not only facing indirect health threat but they also face threat of their direct security.
In a recent example, a 19 year old girl was molested while she was going out to attend natures' call allegedly by an influential. Now, her family is running pillar to post to get the complaint registered.
Kochi, Sept. 28, 2012: Kerala high court on Thursday asked the state to initiate steps to end the primitive practice of defecation in public places.