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|Title: ||People's initiative for total sanitation|
|Authors: ||Islam, Md. Quamrul|
|Issue Date: ||2002|
|Publisher: ||© WEDC, Loughborough University|
|Citation: ||ISLAM, M.Q. and HASSAN, M., 2002. People's initiative for total sanitation. IN: Reed, B. (ed). Sustainable environmental sanitation and water services: Proceedings of the 28th WEDC International Conference, Kolkata (Calcutta), India, 18-22 November 2002, 4p.p.|
|Abstract: ||VERC was established in 1977 as a project of Save the Children-USA. In 1981, it was indigenized as a private voluntary development organization. Its vision is "A selfreliant society based on justice, equity and sustainability where every human being has the equal opportunity to maximize theirpotentialities ". VERC has had a WATSAN program since inception and WaterAid has been funding this since 1986.
Despite a lot of effort made by different stakeholders in the country, the rural WATSAN context of Bangladesh still estimates safe drinking water coverage as 97.5% while actual coverage comes down to 74% because of arsenic contamination in the ground water source. Sanitation coverage for rural areas is only 41.3 %, which in some cases goes down to 15%. Considering the situation, VERC thought of looking for a more effective approach to address the situation. Accordingly, the NGO has innovated the approach of 100% sanitation in the country during the implementation of it's Phase III project activities which started in 1999. Under the new approach, VERC has enabled 50 communities to achieve 100% sanitation coverage in seven sub-districts with increased access to safe water supply.|
|Description: ||This is a conference paper.|
|Appears in Collections:||WEDC 28th International Conference|
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