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Bull World Health Organ. 1990;68(5):619-24.

Sanitation in rural communities in Bangladesh.

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  • 1Upazilla Health Complex, Chouddogram, Comilla, Bangladesh.

Abstract

Household sanitation in developing countries, especially in the rural areas, is poor. An evaluation of what was achieved in this regard during the 1980-90 decade of safe water supply for all was carried out in the present study. It was observed that even where a safe water supply and sanitary latrines were provided, people did not always use them. While 23% of the studied households had sanitary latrines, children in about 11.5% of these households did not use them and women in about 6% of households did not use them for micturition at night. Not a single house in the study area could fulfil all the criteria of sanitary housing in a strict sense; for example, although 34.5% of the households had tubewells, only 11.5% of them had a satisfactory level of water usage. Since socioeconomic conditions and education influence the level of sanitation, improvements in both are required.

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