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Addressing the Problem of Open Defecation

Establishing open defecation free communities.

Did you know that an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to safe, hygienic toilets and as many as 1 billion people are forced to practice open defecation?

Plan International USA has forged a successful partnership with the University of North Carolina Water Institute to address open defecation in developing countries through a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The partnership between UNC and Plan provides an exciting example of how these two organizations have spanned the traditional divide between research and implementation actors.

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