Open Defecation Free (ODF) declarations celebrated

Throughout March, a number of marginalised communities across the country declared themselves Open Defecation Free (ODF) for the first time.

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10 May 2013 | Nepal

Ugrachandi Nala Village Development Committee (VDC) was declared as an Open Defecation Free (ODF) zone on 22 March 2013. The toilet construction campaign was in the village used the slogan - "One House, One Toilet". Around 2,300 people living in the village now have access to improved latrines.

In addition, Ward number 3 was declared as the first ever ODF ward in Inaruwa Municipality of Sunsari district on 23 March. Around 4,500 people living in 800 households now have access to basic sanitation services. Furthermore, Biratnagar Sub Metropolitan, Ward number 7 was declared ODF, along with Jhaukhel VDC. A total of 330 latrines have been constructed in Jhaukel within a project period of two years.

The month of March was rewarding for the people involved in providing basic sanitation services to the marginalised living in Udayapur District, Eastern Nepal. Four VDCs in the Udayapur district were declared as ODF zones including: Sirise (16 March), Sorung Chhabise (23 March), Mayankhu (24 March) and Hardeni (25 March).

The Nepali government is aiming to provide full water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) coverage for all by 2017.