New Delhi: A new study on building toilets in rural India shows that adding facilities alone is not enough to improve public health.
India is considered to have the world's worst sanitation record, with more than half its 1.2 billion people still defecating in the open.
The study published on Friday in the Lancet medical journal suggests India needs to look beyond building toilet infrastructure to focus also on educating the masses about the danger of pathogens, and changing centuries-old habits of doing the deed outdoors.
The findings show that a 2011 government sanitation campaign in 100 villages in Odisha that expanded latrine access from 9 percent of homes to 63 percent led to almost no improvement in childhood rates of diarrhea, parasitic worm infections and other public health scourges.
Updated Date: Oct 10, 2014 11:26:51 IST