End Open Defecation
A flagship programme 2020-2025
UNICEF selected ‘End Open Defecation’ as a flagship programme to successfully implement the ODF/Total Sanitation for Ending Open Defecation and Urination (TSEDU) national goal and to accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal #6. Despite significant progress in Ethiopia, Open defecation has still devastating consequences on public health. Poor sanitation and hygiene lead to outbreaks of acute watery diarrhoea which is a major cause of death of children under five in Ethiopia. There are multiple, interrelated causes for poor sanitation coverage: lack of prioritisation and earmarked funding, limited demand for sanitation, limited understanding of its importance to good health and good nutrition and limited private sector market for affordable sanitation items.