Resources | VOL. 15, ISSUE 89, March-April 2015

Subsidies Can Improve Sanitation, Shows Study

With poor sanitation estimated to cause 280,000 deaths per year worldwide, improving sanitation is a key policy goal in many developing countries. Yet governments and major development institutions disagree over how to address the problem. A new study released in Science in April, 2015 found that in Bangladesh, a community-motivation model that has been used in over 60 countries to increase use of hygienic latrines had no effect. Yet latrine coverage expanded substantially when that model was combined with subsidies...

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