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Title: Barriers and enablers to becoming and staying open defecation free in remote Timor-Leste
Authors: Francis, Naomi
Morrow, Martha
Nery, Susana V.
Clements, Archie
Black, Jim
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © WEDC, Loughborough University
Citation: FRANCIS, N. ... et al, 2017. Barriers and enablers to becoming and staying open defecation free in remote Timor-Leste. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Local action with international cooperation to improve and sustain water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services: Proceedings of the 40th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 24-28 July 2017, Paper 2636, 6pp.
Abstract: The barriers and enablers to becoming and staying open-defecation-free (ODF) following interventions which include Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) are not well documented for remote communities in Manufahi District, Timor-Leste. This case study sought to address this gap in knowledge through a thematic analysis of interviews (which took place in 2014) with 21 participants affiliated with two communities which underwent the WaterAid program between 2012 and 2013. Whilst the cost and effort of constructing toilets was cited as a significant barrier, competing priorities for resources is likely to be more important. Trust in the implementing organisation as well as being able to acquire the household’s preferred toilet are important enablers to becoming and staying ODF. There is a perception among participants that vulnerable households face specific challenges to becoming and staying ODF. Including vulnerable households, especially those with people with disabilities, in both interventions and research remains challenging.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/31464
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