Accelerating ODF Outcomes in 3 Districts of Uttar Pradesh
Posing serious threat on sanitation health and dignity of human beings Open Defecation is a menace. It is a much intense problem in developing countries like India where 60 per cent of the world’s population practicing open defecation resides. To accelerate the efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage while addressing the behavioural, cultural and social aspects of sanitation and hygiene practices, the Prime Minister of India launched the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) on 2nd October, 2014. With two sub-missions SBM-Gramin and SBM-Urban, the mission aims to improve cleanliness through solid and liquid waste management and making India Open Defecation Free (ODF), clean and sanitized by 2019.
Under the State’s commitment to get all the districts of Uttar Pradesh ODF by October 2018, UNICEF is supporting Government of Uttar Pradesh in 32 Districts through various implementing partners. Focus remains on the high priority districts as well as low performing districts through technical support in the programme implementation.
Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG) has been selected as the implementing partner by UNICEF- Uttar Pradesh to work in Chandauli, Jaunpur and Maharajganj Districts of Uttar Pradesh. GEAG will work with the key stakeholders like Panchayati Raj Department, ICDS, SSA, and NHM to fulfil the WASH targets in respective institutions in the three districts.
The specific objectives of the project are as follows:
- Ensure that every block in the intervention districts are working and implementing activities as per ODF/SBCC plan to achieve 100 % ODF villages by the end of 2018
- Ensure that the needed masons, Swachhagrahis and Nigrani Samitis are adequately trained, mobilized and motivated to achieve ODF outcomes with payments of incentives as per the guidelines
- Ensure that each district prepares and share district level monthly fact sheet on SBM-G progress in district level review meetings
- Review of IEC funds available with the district and provision of feedback for its 100 %utilization
- Contribute in review of district/block level progress trends, barriers and needed actions so that timely decisions and actions are taken by the district/block level teams
- Increase the frequency of field visits for spot check, quality assurance and feedbacks to districts and preparing periodic reports, case studies and best practices
- Promote convergence to ensure that institutions like Schools, Anganwadi Centres, and Health Care Facilities, in the communities have robust WASH practices and solutions
It is envisioned that the partnership will contribute to the following outcomes:
- Increased toilet coverage (up to 80 % households) in all programme districts by 2018
- 80 % of the Gram Panchayats in the programme districts are ODF by 2019 (toilet used by all including child faeces management)
- 80 % of the AWCs, Schools and HCFs have functional WASH facilities and hygiene practices
- 20 % increment in the percentage of rural households with hand washing facility with soap available at home by the end of 2018
- 20 % increase in the number of adolescent girls using safe sanitary absorbents