Health and Sanitation
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Though science has taken giant leaps and strides have been made in increasing life expectancy. However, many more efforts are needed to completely eliminate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues. By focusing on providing more efficient funding of health systems, improved sanitation and hygiene, and more tips on ways to reduce ambient pollution, significant progress can be made in helping to save millions of lives. Diseases identified with lack of WaSH – Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for wellbeing happen to be amongst the world's deadliest general health problems. Poor hygiene practices, for example, not washing hands with cleanser or unhygienic water stockpiling, are noteworthy causes of weakness and spread of diseases and sickness.
In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that "1 in 3 people, or 2.4 billion, are still without sanitation facilities" while 663 million people still lack access to safe and clean drinking water. In 2017, this estimate changed to 2.3 billion people without sanitation facilities and 844 million people without access to safe and clean drinking water. Lack of sanitation contributes to about 700,000 child deaths every year due to diarrhoea, mainly in developing countries. Chronic diarrhoea can have long-term negative effects on children, in terms of both physical and cognitive development. In addition, lack of WaSH facilities can prevent students from attending school, impose an unusual burden on women and reduce work productivity.
We care about improving access to WaSH for vulnerable and marginalised communities. Awareness raising for the importance of WaSH is regularly carried out by Bodhi Foundation, through its publications and specific activities on certain noteworthy days of the year (United Nations International Observance Days), such as World Water Day (22nd March), World Toilet Day (19th November) and Global Hand Washing Day (15th October).
Tackling the Challenges
1. Prevention of contamination of water in distribution systems
2. Growing water scarcity and the potential for reuse and conservation,
3. Implementing innovative low-cost sanitation system
4. Providing sustainable water supplies and sanitation for urban and semi urban areas
5. Reducing disparities within the regions in the country
6. Sustainability of water and sanitation services
Ways to improve the situation of WaSH infrastructure to be taken up at the Policy level. This includes broadening the focus of the education sector, establishing a systematic quality assurance system, distributing and using funds wisely etc. Other practical recommendations include having a clear and systematic mobilization strategy, supporting the education sector to strengthen intersectoral partnerships, establishing a constant monitoring system which is located within the education sector, educating the educators and partnering with the school management
Bodhi Foundation is committed to environmental betterment and social upliftment and supports the government’s vision of an open defecation free society. Sanitation facilities are distressing in India and we are focussed on providing sustainable solution to India’s sanitation challenges.