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Cambodia : a Cambodian village decides to bring sanitation closer to home

Villagers in Slaeng, 60 kilometres southwest of Phnom Penh, have made a commitment almost unique in rural Cambodia. They have determined to abandon ‘open defecation’ — the standard system of sanitation since time immemorial. In the past three years, every single household has built a toilet, and the 452 inhabitants have resolved to perform their bodily functions in their new toilets. This change of behaviour is revolutionary, considering that until recently — according to Mr. Chan Ngorn, the village chief — people thought it deeply distasteful, even frightening, to squat over the dark pit of a household latrine. [authors abstract]

TitleCambodia : a Cambodian village decides to bring sanitation closer to home
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsUNICEF - New York, US
Secondary TitleSanitation and hygiene case study
Volume5
Pagination4 p.; ill.; 3 photographs; 1 box
Date Published2008-01-01
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, cambodia, case studies, hygiene, open defecation, rapid rural appraisals, rural areas, rural communities, rural supply systems
Abstract

Villagers in Slaeng, 60 kilometres southwest of Phnom Penh, have made a commitment almost unique in rural Cambodia. They have determined to abandon ‘open defecation’ — the standard system of sanitation since time immemorial. In the past three years, every single household has built a toilet, and the 452 inhabitants have resolved to perform their bodily functions in their new toilets. This change of behaviour is revolutionary, considering that until recently — according to Mr. Chan Ngorn, the village chief — people thought it deeply distasteful, even frightening, to squat over the dark pit of a household latrine. [authors abstract]

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