Sulabh to launch sanitation project in Uganda

January 16th, 2012 - 6:23 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) Sulabh Shauchalaya, the low-cost Indian toilet system, will soon be launched in Uganda to provide affordable sanitation facilities in the east African country, Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak said Monday.

Sulabh, in coordination with Unicef and the Ugandan government, will construct public toilets in the country.

“Everything is being worked out and soon we will be constructing public toilets in Uganda. We will provide the technology and will maintain it for an year, after which it will be handed over to the local municipality,” said Pathak.

The Indian NGO has already played a key role in construction of public toilets in several countries including Afghanistan, South Africa, Bhutan, Nepal, Laos, Ethiopia and 10 other African countries.

Sulabh has also organised capacity building workshops on sanitation technologies for the African countries as a part of the implementation of the UN Habitat agenda in achieving the Millennium Development Goals for sustainable development in water, sanitation, health and hygiene.

Also, at the request of UN Habitat, the NGO prepared a publication on ‘Social Marketing of Sanitation’ to serve as the link between the UN Habitat and the agencies engaged in promoting socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities around the world.

“This capacity building programme provided an opportunity to the participant countries to exchange ideas on sanitation and discuss sanitation technologies and try them out in their own countries with changes, wherever necessary,” he said.

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