South Asia

Organized Panel Session

1 - Creating Demand for Toilets and Fecal Sludge Management Through ‘exposure’: Evidence from Bihar

Friday, July 6
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Juniper, New Building

The state of Bihar (India) has one of the highest rates of malnutrition among children worldwide, attributed in part to the high rates of open defecation and faecal contamination of the environment. Even as the central/state governments are working on improving sanitation coverage, faecal sludge management (FSM) remains a key neglected area. In rural areas within the state, affordable quality options for FSM are virtually non-existent. This paper presents some key results from “Prasadhan”, a project funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for increasing access to and use of FSM services in Bihar. The model facilitates linkages between (i) a local sewage treatment plant, (ii) supply chain actors such as tanker operators and (iii) the end users, or households.


Prasadhan targets key issues affecting sanitation uptake in Bihar which stem from low exposure to toilet use and low awareness of available FSM options. This is done by placing quality, aesthetically pleasing portable toilet cabins (PTCs) in rural villages for free trial periods. Each PTC is shared by 4 households, placed for 3 months and is serviced regularly for sludge removal. After the trial, households are offered the opportunity to purchase a permanent toilet and optional bundled pit-emptying service. The initial results from the PTC trials suggest that toilet exposure coupled with a positive experience can overcome demand-side barriers to toilet uptake in areas where open defecation is the social norm. 

Aprajita Singh

Population Services International, India

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Aprajita Singh


Assets

1 - Creating Demand for Toilets and Fecal Sludge Management Through ‘exposure’: Evidence from Bihar



Attendees who have favorited this

Please enter your access key

The asset you are trying to access is locked. Please enter your access key to unlock.

Send Email for Creating Demand for Toilets and Fecal Sludge Management Through ‘exposure’: Evidence from Bihar