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Project Update

WaterAid/Parvez

WaterAid/Parvez

WaterAid/Parvez

WaterAid/Parvez

WaterAid/Parvez

WaterAid/Parvez

WaterAid/Parvez

WaterAid/Parvez

The Context

Over half of the population in Bangladesh don't have a decent toilet, that's close to 85 million people. Over 2,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoea, caused by dirty water and poor toilets. Historically, poor slum communities in areas such as Dhaka and Chittagong have not been connected to sanitation systems or had good access to clean water, leaving the communities open to the spread of disease, causing ill-health and pulling adults out of work and causing children to miss school.

 

The Problem We Will Solve

Key to achieving better sanitation in Bangladesh are its sanitation workers. These are the men and women who work at any part of the long sanitation chain, that begins when we go to the toilet and ends when waste is disposed of or reused. Their jobs can include cleaning toilets, emptying pits and septic tanks, cleaning sewers and manholes and operating pumping stations and treatment plants.  

Sanitation workers have long been marginalised across South Asia because of stigma around the nature of their work and discrimination based on caste, ethnicity and religion. The COVID-19 pandemic magnified the considerable occupational and health hazards they already faced, leaving many working with limited protection and almost no formal guidance or support.

Safely managed sanitation must go hand in hand with ensuring safe and dignified working environments for the people who run and maintain the sanitation services that protect our health.

Progress Updates

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WaterAid/Parvez

WaterAid/Parvez

WaterAid/Parvez

WaterAid/Parvez

What We Have Learnt

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“I and other waste workers are the reason people can live at home during the lockdown without worrying about their waste disposal. If we don’t work during this pandemic, people do not know what to do with this waste. We are continuing our job under great risk only to give the public some level of comfort. But it is very unfortunate that people do not value our sacrifice.”  - Rehana, a waste worker in Khulna, who collects waste from households.

Emon, Dhaka North City Corporation’s sewerage contractual cleaner, poses for a photo during cleaning the sewerage dirt from the drain near Tejgaon Police station, Farmgate, Dhaka Credit: WaterAid

Emon, Dhaka North City Corporation’s sewerage contractual cleaner, poses for a photo during cleaning the sewerage dirt from the drain near Tejgaon Police station, Farmgate, Dhaka Credit: WaterAid

Hear from a sanitation expert in Bangladesh

Hear from a sanitation expert in Bangladesh

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