Community-Led Total Sanitation(CLTS) focuses on igniting a change in collective hygiene behaviour, which is achieved through a process of community-wide action stimulated by facilitators from within or outside the community. It involves no hardware subsidy and does not prescribe latrine models. Dr. Kamal Kar pioneered CLTS in Bangladesh in 1999. Since then it has been implemented in more than 60 countries across the globe. It has been incorporated in the National Sanitation Strategy of at least 22 countries of which 14 are in Africa and the rest in Asia. The CLTS Foundation works through an international team of professionals, practitioners, researchers and policy experts to build capacity and influence policy for enhancing access to sanitation through CLTS.
CLTS Foundation participated and actively contributed to the CLEANATHON event broadcasted on NDTV on the 14th of December 2014.
The event organised by NDTV was aimed at giving a boost to the Swachh Bharat Campaign launched by the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi. In an exclusive interview with Mr. Vikram Chandra, Executive Director and CEO of NDTV Group and Mr.Amitabh Bachchan, the CLEANATHON ambassador, Dr Kamal Kar, Chairman of the Foundation congratulated the government on prioritising the sanitation needs of the country. He drew attention to the lessons learnt from other developing countries of the world where the Community-Led Approach to Total Sanitation (CLTS) is being implemented. Dr.Kar emphasised on the need to focus primarily on collective behaviour change as the key driver to bring about immediate and lasting change in India's sanitation situation.
Watch the full interview at- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3zUTvA_Sj4