Bihar, in north-western India, is one of the most flood-prone regions of the country. At the same time, access to sanitation is half the national rate. This combination brings with it a range of problems for local people, from the health risks associated with open defecation to serious impacts on women’s and girls’ personal safety and education.

This fact sheet gives an overview of a project in Bihar to develop and showcase locally appropriate sanitation solutions at six pilot sites, with the ultimate aim of influencing state policy in favour of sustainable sanitation. The project seeks to address both health and wider socio-economic concerns. As well as installing and adapting sanitation facilities, it raises awareness of good hygiene practices, promotes food security through the production of “humanure”, and strives to empower girls and women.

Visit the project page for links to fact sheets giving more detail on pilot projects and other activities under this initiative.

Download the factsheet (PDF: 4.26MB)