Monday, 17 November 2014

Toilet for Babli-Say NO to Open Defection

Open defection is a major concern in many urban and rural areas of our country. It is a practice of defecting in public. According to the recent report presented by WHO and UNICEF- India tops in open defection. It is mostly practiced because of the lack of public sanitation facility available.  Open defection is widely used in the WASH sector since 2008.
Human waste can pollute the environment with harmful bacteria and germs which can cause serious health problems. This also leads a huge impact on the dignity of people, especially girls who find this practice inappropriate.

Central issues of open defection
According to the survey, around 597 people defecate in public which increases the risk of microbial contamination of water. Virus bacteria and other germs cause diarrhea and many harmful diseases. It is hampering the development of the nation. Poorly built public toilets are also a great cause for the contamination and illness. Disposing of human waste is becoming a serious problem in our country.
India has the highest number of deaths who are below the age of five years.   Around 20% of deaths among children under fourteen years of age occur due to diseases caused by poor sanitation and hygiene. 
More than 25 million schools in India do not have access to school toilet facility.
7 states in India (Orissa, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam, 
Uttar Pradesh and Bihar) account for almost 50% (13.8 million) children without access to toilet facilities in schools. 
443 million school days are lost every year due lack of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. 
Lack of financial facility does not allow many residents in rural as well as in some parts of urban areas to build a proper toilet.
Another cause of the open defection is the lack of education and proper knowledge.
A proper initiative is required to eradicate the problem of open deification.
We can prevent death and other harmful diseases if we maintain the habit of cleanliness and change our personal habits and thinking.
We should understand the need of toilets.
1.    Maintain Privacy and dignity (respect)-  A proper toilet should have a good shelter with a proper door and water.  Woman and men have different need. A separate toilet should be made for woman in public, school, villages so that they feel free to move around.
2.    Toilet for children – children have a greater risk of illness and infection. Building proper toilet can help children stay clean and healthy. It will also encourage them to join school which helps in development of the nation
3.    Safety and comfortable- Every toilet should be build in proper and safe place. People, especially woman will more likely to use toilet if it is build in a place near to their home.
Contribution by Domex
Domex has taken the wonderful initiative to provide the sanitation facility to the public, especially to small girls like Babli. 
Domex and the Unilever foundation have joined forces with UNICEF to help in the improvement of the access of public toilets which would benefit many Indian citizens, especially woman and small children(girls) like Babli.  By supporting UNICEF’s Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS) programme, the Unilever Foundation and Domex aim to improve the health and well-being of those in need and create sustainable approaches to improved sanitation through programmes that promote good hygiene practices, improve the health and well-being of communities, help create demand for access to toilets and raise awareness of the sanitation crisis. As part of this partnership, Domex is also giving its consumers the noble opportunity to help and improve the access to sanitation by contributing 5% of its proceeds from the sale of specially marked bottles of Domex to support UNICEF’s CATS programmes

The main aim of CATS to promote the demand for sanitation at every level.

About The Domex Toilet Academy
Domex, HUL’s flagship sanitation brand, currently runs the Domex Toilet Academy (DTA) programme. Domex Toilet Academy was launched on 19th November 2013. It aims to become a sustainable and long-term solution to provide sanitation that benefits the local community and helps stimulate the local economy. The Toilet Academy makes toilets accessible and affordable, while promoting the benefits of clean toilets & good hygiene. Our effort has resulted in bringing the change in the villages of Maharashtra and Orissa and we aim to build 24000 toilets by 2015 in rural areas faced with the problem of open defecation.

You can bring about the change in the lives of millions of kids, thereby showing your support for the Domex Initiative. All you need to do is “click” on the “Contribute Tab” on www.domex.in and Domex will contribute Rs.5 on your behalf to eradicate open defecation, thereby helping kids like Babli live a dignified life.

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