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Improving Sanitation is Achievable

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Now is the time to act. The technologies, approaches and skilled people are ready. Households, communities, local and national governments, civil society, and private companies all need to work together. Media and public opinion around the world can influence political leaders to act now. The estimated $10 billion annual cost to halve the proportion of people without basic sanitation by 2015 (this is the sanitation MDG target)l is modest and affordable. If sustained, the same investment could achieve basic sanitation for the entire world within one or two decades. This sum is less than 1% of world military spending in 2005, one-third of the estimated global spending on bottled water, or about as much as Europeans spend on ice cream each year. 

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cover-Health, Dignity and DevelopmentHealth, dignity, and development: what will it take? Highlights the global water and sanitation crisis and advances a comprehensive set of strategies to tackle the problem, including national elaboration, government and stakeholder commitments; focusing on sustainable service delivery, empowering communities, support from private partners, promoting innovation and improving global structures. UN Millenium Task Force on Water and Sanitation, 2005. Link>>

WSP -Mumbai The Mumbai Slum Sanitation Program, Partnering with slum Communities for Sustainable Sanitation in a Megalopolis This study demonstrates that partnerships, engaging all stakeholders and shifting the locus of operations and maintenance to community-base organizations can promote improvements in sanitation conditions in slum areas. WSP, 2006. [pdf - 806 kb]

WSP-Community led total sanitationCommunity-Led Total Sanitation in Rural Areas, An Approach that Works
This study shows that empowered communities motivated to take collective action, with the support of local government and other agencies, are the best vectors to promote sanitation awareness and emphasize the benefits of toilet usage. [pdf - 900 kb]

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