Improved toilets and hygiene
When basic sanitation improves, everyone benefits. Healthy people are prosperous people, who invest more time in education and employment. Australia is supporting improved sanitation in Timorese homes, schools and health facilities to improve quality and access to drinking water, and to encourage sanitation and hygiene practices – all fundamental to the health, dignity and well-being of Timorese people.
Targeting 100% toilet coverage
PHD partners, WaterAid and Plan International, are supporting the Ministry of Health and Municipal Authorities to end open defecation and aim for 100% toilet coverage across Bobonaro, Liquica, Aileu and Ainaro Municipalities in 2017. This will positively impact thousands of people who currently do not have access to a toilet, or who live in households with poor sanitation. By engaging local authorities, brokering relationships between local stakeholders, and focusing on behaviour change strategies, our partners are working towards 100% toilet coverage – open defecation free (ODF) status.
Advancing communities towards hygienic status
Promoting and sustaining sanitation behaviours requires access to durable and desirable toilets and handwashing facilities. PHD is working with Municipal Authorities, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Public Works to engage and support communities in advancing from ODF status to hygienic status, which requires all households and institutions to have improved toilets and handwashing facilities.
PHD will engage private sector and NGO partners to support vulnerable households, such as those supporting people with disabilities or single-parent households, to invest in improving their household sanitation.
Behaviour change campaigns
Achieving open defecation free status and motivating communities to upgrade their toilets in target municipalities requires a shift in cultural norms and practices. This will be achieved through public behaviour change campaigns which focus on handwashing with soap, safe water treatment and storage, use of toilets, and household hygiene promotion visits.