Health and Empowerment through Better Sanitation

Promoting Awareness at the Grassroots Level

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Funder: Shastri Indo Canadian Institute

The research team is a partnership between the Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI), IILM Academy of Higher Learning, Jaipur Campus (IILM) and York Institute for Health Research, York University, Toronto, Canada (YIHR). The financial support of Shastri Indo Canadian Institute assisted the research team to conduct research in Rajasthan, India that will improve sanitation strategies.

Poor access to sanitation is one of the most pressing challenges facing the developing world today. The goal of the Health and Empowerment through Better Sanitation: Promoting Awareness at the Grassroots Level project is to build capacity and knowledge for successful collaboration between government, community, and businesses, to develop targeted sanitation management strategies to improve sanitation by looking at rural villages in Rajasthan, India. Our aim has been to identify shared knowledge, develop partnerships, and work together to develop ideas for sustainable sanitation management that may be expanded to other communities in Rajasthan and will ultimately improve the health and well-being of the people of Rajasthan.

We have successfully engaged local community members in a dialogue about beliefs, attitudes, needs and barriers to improving sanitation facilities in communities in Rajasthan, India. We worked in 8 villages in Rajasthan to participate in the research including Kan Singh Pura, Khandwa, Lambi Ahir, Lambi Jat, Mainana, Prithvipura, Sahard and Shyampura.