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Old 05-22-2015, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default A Toilet In Every Home: Zambians Celebrate Sanitation Milestone

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsand...tion-milestone


Village chiefs, residents and government officials take to the
streets to celebrate the Chienge district's accomplishment of
bringing sanitation to every home.
Mark Maseko/Courtesy of UNICEF Zambia


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On a sunny day in the remote Chienge district of Zambia, hundreds gathered for a celebration that was the first of its kind. There was singing, laughing and no shortage of dancing. The village chiefs and government officials came dressed in their finest clothes, while volunteers sported bright green T-shirts that read, "We use a toilet ... do you?"

The daylong event celebrated a milestone in Zambia, where the practice of defecating in the open is all too common. In April, Chienge, in the northernmost province of Luapula, became the first district in Zambia to be declared free of open defecation by the government. According to UNICEF, it's also the first district in southern Africa to fully abandon the practice. That means every household has at least one private latrine and a place to wash your hands.
This is a big deal. And with locally available materials too.
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It is a VERY big deal. Their infectious disease rates will plummet as will disease among their livestock.
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So how will the sewage be processed? Running into an open septic pit will be borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. This process will either make or break the whole system and its an expensive ongoing cost.
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