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LIXIL and UNICEF to revamp sanitation and hygiene in Bihar and Odisha


LIXIL and UNICEF to improve sanitation and hygiene

New Delhi, India: LIXIL and UNICEF – LIXIL, maker of pioneering water and housing products, and UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organization, have announced the expansion of the ‘Make a Splash! 3.5 million people will benefit from a cooperation with India to create a functional sanitation and hygiene ecosystem. 
In order to increase the accessibility, accessibility, and quality of viable sanitation goods and services, SATO, a subsidiary of LIXIL and a provider of affordable toilets and handwashing solutions, will lead initiatives. SATO will collaborate with UNICEF to mobilise communities and create sanitation markets in the states of Bihar and Odisha. 
This growth builds on the first three years of the partnership’s success, which saw 2.9 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania benefit from improved sanitation and hygiene. Make a Splash! is in its fourth year. The three most populous nations in the world—India, Indonesia, and Nigeria—are now included in the scope of the project.


Over the course of the two-year programme, the partnership’s activities will primarily be focused on:

Strengthening markets and services in the area of hand hygiene by filling in gaps and promoting cutting-edge goods like the recently introduced SATO Tap handwashing station. 
Retrofitting Toilets: Educating, developing, and putting into practise programmes that support safely managed sanitation through the use of cutting-edge toilet solutions and instruction of sanitation workers/masons to deliver expert services for sustained management and use. 
The cooperation will aid in ensuring sanitation products are accessible at reasonable prices for those who need them by creating demand through UNICEF’s sanitation and hygiene initiatives and by supplying SATO’s solutions that are created based on user needs and preferences. Additionally, by strengthening regional supply chains and educating toilet installers, it will concentrate on assisting government laws and regulations as well as helping to expand markets. 
Amit Konlade, Leader, Global SCM & Operations, LIXIL, said, “In Odisha and Bihar, many rural families lack access to basic sanitation and hygiene. We now have the chance to address this issue by offering SATO’s toilet and handwashing products, which provide dependable answers for people with insufficient water access.  
Nicolas Osbert, Chief of WASH, UNICEF India, welcomed the partnership and stated that access to safe water, hygiene, and sanitation in India is essential for supporting healthy lives, particularly for disadvantaged women and children. In Bihar and Odisha, 3.5 million people now have better access to innovative and scalable sanitation and hygiene solutions thanks to a partnership between LIXIL and UNICEF. This partnership includes strategic advocacy for improving the enabling environment, building the capacity of key stakeholders, and implementing awareness-raising initiatives for sustainable hand hygiene infrastructure and practises.