• India

    Does building more toilets stop the spread of disease?
    Impact evidence from India

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  • Madagascar

    Brief update
    on ODF sustainability
    from FAA office

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  • Somalia

    High –level advocacy workshop
    held at Nairobi to
    institutionalise CLTS

    Read more
  • Guyana

    Using CLTS to achieve
    open garbage disposal
    free communities

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Welcome to Community-Led Total Sanitation(CLTS) Foundation

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.

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CLTS Champions: His Royal Highness Chief Macha from Choma district, Southern province, Zambia

CLTS (Community-led Total Sanitation) was introduced in Zambia in 2007 when UNICEF together  with the Government of Zambia decided to pilot the CLTS approach in Choma district in the country’s Southern province.The pilot began in November 2007 with a ‘hands-on’ training workshop facilitated by Dr Kamal Kar. The workshop was attended by senior government officials, NGOs and the donor community. During the training, participants triggered 12 pilot villages. However, Dr Kar regretted that the traditional leaders were not present at the workshop. So, when he saw His Royal Highness Chief Macha in a local restaurant having breakfast, he seized the opportunity to get the chief interested in the workshop and invited him to the last day of the workshop.Later, through  Chief Macha’s efforts, the chiefdom doubled the sanitation coverage from 50% to 100% in less than two years, thus attaining ODF status in November 2009, and becoming the first chiefdom in Zambia to be so recognized.
Recently, Chief Macha was invited to share his experiences at a high-level advocacy workshop in Nairobi to institutionalize CLTS in Somalia (click here to read about the workshop). After the workshop, we took a brief interview of Chief Macha to know more about his experiences with implementing CLTS.

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