Save the children felicitated
Uttarakhand has been declared as the 4th state of India to be Open Defecation Free (ODF) after Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala, at an event in Dehradun on June 22, 2017. Save the Children was honoured by Hon’ble Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat, at this event for contribution in making Uttarakhand ODF through Stop Diarrhoea Initiative project. Over the last two years, Save the Children has been recognized for its efforts on sanitation in 20 villages through Reckitt Benckiser supported Stop Diarrhoea Initiative project in the state. Save the Children has been working in two district of Uttarakhand, Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar under the project.
In 2015, Save the Children started working in 10 Gram Panchayat on a pilot basis and in the year 2016 these were increased to 20 Gram Panchayat. Save the Children and its partner organisations initiated the work by conducting a village based survey of the most marginalized communities. Series of meetings were then held with the community members to motivate them to make their villages open defecation free. Simultaneously, awareness drives and campaigns were held and days such as World Toilet Day and Global Hand washing Day were celebrated in the villages. Awareness on benefits of sanitation and impact of open defecation on child health was disseminated through various campaign and IEC activities. Government functionaries and front line health workers were involved during the campaigns and meetings. Under the Stop Diarrhoea Initiative, Save the Children aims at improving child survival rates by prevention and control of diarrhoea in the target areas in states of Delhi, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. The intervention is designed under the WHO/UNICEF Seven point plan and community wide sanitation promotion is one of its key objectives.