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To mark the World Toilet Day, the Catholic Health Association of Andhra Pradesh (CHAAP) organized a Sensitization programme from 19th -21st  November 2014, on the importance of “Construction of Toilets & Usage of Toilets” in different ways. Rallies, Community awareness campaigns, School awareness campaigns, Meetings, Medical camps and Group discussions were conducted in Ninety six (96) villages across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States involving its 12 member institutions as part of MISEREOR Community Health Project phase II. Bethany Social Service Centre, LPM Hospital, OLF Hospital, Ashaniketan Centre, Holy Family Health Centre, Sevanilayam Centre , Holy Spirit Center, St.Vincent Hospital, St.Ann’s  Hospital, Mother Vanninni Hospital etc., conducted the programme in two states.

“Globally, India continues to be the country with the highest number of people (597 million people) practising open defecation,” says the report — the Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation — 2014 update — released by United Nations in Geneva in May 2014. The report jointly prepared by the WHO and the UNICEF says that eighty-two per cent of the one billion plus people are practising open defecation in the world live in just 10 countries. During the report release the then Union Minister for Rural Development said that it is a huge shame for all of us. He also said “High GDP growth is all very well but this is most basic fundamental, related to the security and dignity of women. Also we have failed to recognize that poor sanitation is one of the main causes of persistent malnutrition”.

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