A Dirty Secret
In A Dirty Secret (BBC Radio 4) Mary-Ann Ochota visits Bangladesh and India to understand the challenges involved in achieving sanitation for all.
It’s a problem that is often addressed without any sustained success. The United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal aimed to halve the proportion of people without access to basic sanitation by 2015 – a goal that failed by some 700 million people.
India has a separate challenge – how to stop 600 million people relieving themselves outdoors. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to end the practice of open defecation by October 2019, in time to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.