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Bangladesh Sees Success In Sanitation Efforts; India Still Struggles

Thomson Reuters Foundation: How to stop open defecation? Even if you build a toilet, they may not come
“Bangladesh and India have long tried to stop people from defecating in outdoor public places — a practice that spreads fatal diseases — but Bangladesh has had much more success than the economic giant next door in getting people to use toilets. The percentage of Bangladeshis defecating in the open dropped from 19 percent in 2000 to just three percent in 2012, while nearly half the India’s 1.2 billion people still resort to streets and fields as their toilet of choice…” (Mis, 9/3).

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