The Skoll Foundation has published a blog on WSUP’s highly successful project in Visakhapatnam and how its experiences can inform future work towards achieving universal access to sanitation in India.
By Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)
Half of the one billion people in the world who still defecate in the open live in India. Poor sanitation in India is not just a rural issue: at least 157 million urban poor Indians lack access to decent toilets and one in 10 deaths in India are related to poor sanitation.
The port city of Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, is the largest city and an industrial center in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) has just completed a three-year programme in this city, funded by USAID, which has made a major difference to the lives of 250,000 residents and created a model for how cities in India can make rapid strides to improve sanitation.
Top image: Community engagement in one of Visakhapatnam low-income areas