2 months ago
TheSpatialPerspectives of Sanitation Challenge-Every child, women, human has the right to basic services, including clean water, adequate sanitation, and dignified life!
Yet, millions across the world are deprived of the basic human right to adequate sanitation. India alone accounts for over 40 per cent world population defecating in open.
In the past 4 years, Prime Minister @narendramodi launched a mission no other Indian leader could envision- making sanitation (especially for women, girls) a national priority!
@thisisbillgates recently brought world attention to poop at the Toilet Expo in November, 2018
Matters of health in the urban context have always been close to me, personally. Professionally, what started as public policy, research support to an advisor to the Ministry of Rural Development, GoI, in 2012- the past 7 years working on urban sanitation and public health have solicited responses of- "Why do you want to study such a subject matter?", "There are several other subject matters and niche areas you should look into- say land- market, money & economics of it"
Listening to all these and several other unsolicited bits of advice, I have two words, three punctuation to say- Shit Matters !?. 1. Provision of a toilet- was, is and will never be enough.
2. A toilet is more than just a space to relieve. Perspectives change over geographies, societies and demographies.
3. Matters of shit, open defecation or sanitation deprivation is not confined to India or other "developing" (rudimentary world division of "us" and "them" nations- do not even get me started on this subject!) nations.
4. Mere criticism of government or politics perpetuates an attitude of- "their problem, not mine!" Picture: Inside a community toilet of a basti (officially identified as jhuggi jhopri cluster) in a part of Delhi. (Project and Picture Credits: @mahak.agrawal )
This #worldhealthday and every other day, hour, and second, we need to realise #healthforall .
#waterislife #sanitation #humanrights