Webinar: Investigating Long-term Sustainability of Rural Sanitation in Bangladesh

Date:       Thursday, July 21, 2011, 8:30-10:00 EDT / 12:30-14:00 UTC/GMT
Venue:    Virtual, via AdobeConnect
Topic:      Emerging Lessons on Sanitation Outcomes Five Years After Local Governments Were
                 Declared 100% Sanitized
Contact:  WSP@worldbank.org

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In 2010, the Water and Sanitation Program conducted a study in rural Bangladesh to gain insights into whether sanitation (i.e., latrine use) outcomes from Community-led Total Sanitation approaches are sustainable over the long-term.  

Researchers found that almost 90 percent of households in the areas studied have sustained use of a latrine that adequately confines feces, but that hygienic maintenance is relatively poor. The study analyzed factors that can be associated with sustained use of latrines, which included:

  • a shift in social norms away from open defecation to using a latrine
  • on-going sanitation programming that reinforces latrine use; and
  • easy access to private sector sanitation providers.



This presentation is based on findings from a WSP study of 50 local governments that were declared 100% sanitized/open defecation free almost five years ago. To learn more, please see the full Technical Report  or Research Brief.

Craig Kullmann

Water & Sanitation Specialist
Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)

Maria Angelica Sotomayor
Senior Economist
Europe and Central Asia Sustainable Development Department

Ming Zhang

Sector Manager
South Asia Sustainable Development Unit, Urban Water+Sanitation

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Thu, 2011-07-21