Sanitation

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“Sanitation underpins the success of health, education and livelihoods, forming the first essential step in overcoming poverty. 

India is 32 years behind schedule in attaining its sanitation goals and it could get much worse. With every year of delay, we are losing more children to illness, neglecting more girls and wasting more productive lives.”

- Rati Forbes, 
Director, Forbes Marshall

“Sanitation underpins the success of health, education and livelihoods, forming the first essential step in overcoming poverty. 

India is 32 years behind schedule in attaining its sanitation goals and it could get much worse. With every year of delay, we are losing more children to illness, neglecting more girls and wasting more productive lives.”

- Rati Forbes, 
Director, Forbes Marshall

WHY INVEST IN SANITATION?

Inadequate sanitation is more than just inconvenient – it also claims lives, dignity and productivity. Poor sanitation means dying children, uneducated girls, vulnerable women and unhealthy living conditions. It is not just a symptom of poverty, it is a key contributing factor.

Sanitation gaps cost India a staggering INR 2.4 trillion each year – that is 6.4% of its GDP. On the other hand, comprehensive sanitation and hygiene interventions can avert 45% of health issues, and avoid other adverse impacts related to water, welfare and tourism.

  • 23%
    of girls drop out of school once they reach puberty due to lack of toilets
  • 11%
    more girls will attend schools if they have access to toilets
  • 1000
    children under age 5 die in India every day due to diarrhea caused by poor sanitation
  • 50%
    of malnutrition can be prevented using healthy sanitation practices
  • 6.4%
    of India’s GDP every year is lost due to lack of access to sanitation
  • INR1.5trillion
    can be added to the economy with adequate sanitation

“Stigma around menstrual hygiene is a violation of several human rights, most importantly of the right to human dignity, but also the right to non-discrimination, equality, bodily integrity, health, privacy and the right to freedom from inhumane and degrading treatment from abuse and violence.”

- Dr. Jyoti Sanghera, 
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Merely building more toilets will not produce the desired long-term benefits of sanitation – for that, we need a systemic value-chain approach that addresses behavior change and sustainable infrastructure. Changing mindsets, among those who produce the solution as well as those who consume it, is paramount. When that happens, the solution will self-sustain.  

While some of the resources required can only be supplied by the government, equally important are the non-profits, corporates and development agencies that have clear roles to play in making sanitation for all a reality. 

Investing in better sanitation promises multi-sectoral returns. Dasra therefore continues to develop and scale models that take a value-chain approach and bring greater alignment between key stakeholders in the sanitation ecosystem. 

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  • 3reports published
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  • USD2.1million(INR 13.7 crore) directed to the sector through 17 funders
Research Issue
  • 3reports published
Build Organizations
  • 43social organizations equipped with management expertise to scale
Give Strategically
  • USD2.1million(INR 13.7 crore) directed to the sector through 17 funders

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