Schraufnagel, Ann

Public Health

India

Open Defecation in India

Nearly 600 million Indians defecate outside every day, straining the health, economy, and society of India. The practice of open defecation is linked to illness, sexual violence against girls and women, spread of parasitic infections, and stunting the growth of children. Yet the problem is little understood by the global public. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi set the goal of eliminating open defecation by 2019 with his “My Clean India” campaign, but evidence shows that the problem is more complex than simple access to toilets, and it remains to be seen what will be done with the political will.

My goal is to explore attitudes toward defecating outside, barriers to using toilets where they are available, and the relationship between government and individual opinions of ending open defecation. In doing so, I hope to increase awareness and understanding of the important problem of open defecation and thereby impact the health and well-being of millions of people.

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People

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...
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