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  • Members of a village drinking water supply scheme at a meeting in Muzaffarpur, Bihar.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
Aga Khan Foundation
The AKDN comprehensive sanitation initiative in India

Improving access to sustainable sanitation and hygiene continues to be one of the most pressing development challenges for India today. In response to this challenge, the Indian Government launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or Clean India Mission, to create an open defecation free India by October 2019.

The AKDN’s award-winning model of integrated block-level sanitation is contributing to this pledge. The model is part of the Network’s wider, pan-national Comprehensive Sanitation Initiative.  The initiative is a five-year programme aimed at facilitating access to improved sanitation and hygiene for over 700,000 people in six states. A key component of the initiative is generating demand for improved hygiene practices, thereby tackling age-old norms and transforming long-standing behaviour change that improves the quality of life. 

Watch this video to find out more about the AKDN Comprehensive Sanitation Initiation in India: