Bangladesh’s Sanitation Achievements and the Second Generation Challenges

SLH Learning Papers 2
February 2016

There still are many aspects of sanitation that urgently need attention in Bangladesh, despite the nation’s documented progress in household latrine coverage.

Toilets and related sanitation systems can prevent the spread of diarrhoeal diseases and faecally-transmitted infections threatening young children’s lives. Bangladesh increased sanitation coverage remarkably rapidly due to several factors, including a vigorous national campaign from 2003 to 2006.

Now in its ‘second generation’ of sanitation development, Bangladesh faces new challenges. Recommended changes include mobilisation and coordination of multiple government ministries; regular monitoring; continued support for poor households; dealing with poor conditions in urban slums; and expansion of faecal waste management services.

Additional details

PublisherInstitute of Development Studies
RegionSouth Asia
ThemesChallenging contexts, Child faeces, Children, Government leadership, Health, Hygiene, Leave no one behind, Monitoring, evaluation and learning, Sanitation and health impacts, Sustainability and safely managed sanitation
ApproachesPeri-urban approaches, Small town approaches

Hanchett, S. (2016) Bangladesh’s Sanitation Achievements and the Second Generation Challenges, CLTS Knowledge Hub Learning Paper 2, Brighton: IDS


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