End Open Defecation

A flagship programme 2020-2025

End Open Defecation cover photo
UNICEF Ethiopia/2022


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.

End Open Defecation cover
UNICEF Ethiopia
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