Sustaining open defecation free (ODF) status in low-resource setting

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Re: Sustaining open defecation free (ODF) status in low-resource setting

Dear Paresh,
Thank you for your response and for pointing me towards potential resource for my questions. I appreciate the information you provided and the links to related discussions and the Wikipedia page you contributed to.
I will definitely take a look at the resources you've mentioned and explore the discussions related to the campaign on SuSanA. I am grateful for your offer to clarify any further questions I may have and will reach out if I require any additional information.
Thank you again for your help, once again.
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Chainga

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Re: Sustaining open defecation free (ODF) status in low-resource setting

Dear Chainga,
India's experience with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign) may help answer some or all of your questions. You may see its Wikipedia page ( SBM ), which I also contributed to with forum members' inputs (see here ). 
 
I am taking the liberty to point you to some related discussions that took place as the camping was unfolding.  Please see this dedicated sub-category Indian Government Initiatives SBM or SBA and others .You may also search within SuSanA to see other discussions where SBM has been a part. 

I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to get back in case you need clarifications, have new questions.

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paresh
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Sustaining open defecation free (ODF) status in low-resource setting

Since the introduction of CLTS in Zambia, challenges of how to sustain ODF still confound both private and public WASH practitioners. Maintaining the ODF status is just as critical as achieving the milestone in improving sanitation and hygiene. While local authorities are responsible for both pre and post-ODF monitoring, insufficient post-ODF follow-up leads to high rates of backsliding. External funding is often directed toward achieving ODF status, and when it is withdrawn or redirected to other locations, there is a lack of post-ODF follow-up. Regular monitoring and evaluation are crucial to sustaining the ODF status.
  1. How can funding organizations shift their focus to give the same priority sustainability of ODF status as they do to attaining ODF?
  2. What are the best practices that can assist local authorities with limited resources to sustain ODF gains efficiently and effectively?
  3. How can we ensure the existence of strong leadership and political will to establish and maintain strong WASH governance beyond external funding?
  4. In resource-limited settings, what local technologies are available to prevent pit latrine collapse, which is a major obstacle to ODF sustainability, especially since most toilets are pit latrines with simple platforms?
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