How does UNICEF hope to help resolve this global problem?
TD: Sanitation is a huge issue for children. On the ground, we’ve got water, sanitation and hygiene projects in about 96 countries at the moment operational. I’m going to speak specifically on sanitation and hygiene because you can’t distinguish sanitation from hygiene – because even by building toilets and latrines, they have to be properly used, so that’s when the hygiene component comes in. And, indeed, hand washing by soap after using the toilet is critical because [not doing so] is responsible for about 44 percent of diarrhea diseases. Some of our great successes is Community-Led Total Sanitation. It’s basically following a model where communities work for themselves to improve their own sanitation. We’re moving away from the idea of subsidised individual latrines that may or may not be sustainable. We’re getting exceedingly positive results in Asia and in Africa. If I take Zambia for example, it’s been introduced in Zambia a year ago, in 12 communities to start with. What happens
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