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Open-air defecation still too widely practiced in India

KOLKATA [ACTED News] - According to an October 3 article in the Washington Post, “India’s rural development minister is pushing a campaign on public hygiene, after a recent survey revealed that India accounts for 58 percent of the world’s population practicing open defecation.”

Lack of sanitation is particularly a problem in rural areas, and as a result, is a key area of ACTED’s interventions. In collaboration with our partners, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency - India (ADRA), ACTED is currently constructing 20 ecosan model latrines in the Sunderbans, which will allow families to collect and recycle waste as organic manure for their home vegetable plots.