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                                               -Steve Jobs 

Hygiene, Health, Sanitation and Waste Management 2013-14

        In our country approximately 638 million people defecate in the open, which is around 50 per cent of the population. The worst part of the scenario is that only 53 per cent of the population wash hands with soap after defecation, 38 per cent wash hands with soap before eating and only 30 per cent wash hands with soap before preparing food. On an average merely 11 per cent of the Indian rural families dispose child stools safely whereas 80 per cent children stools are left in the open or thrown into the garbage. About 6 per cent of rural children less than five years of age use toilets. The diseases that spread due to lack of sanitation and hygiene include diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid, respiratory infections, skin and eye infections. The consequences being (i) People are less likely to be able to drink safe water, (ii) use basic sanitation facilities and (iii) maintain improved hygiene practices. Through this competition we would like to impose technology in sanitation and Hygiene via (i) Automatic sanitation of the toilets and the user, (ii) recycling of the waste water from the toilets, (iii) solid waste from the toilets should be collected separately, incinerated and utilized as alternate energy source. The greater expectation in technology part is that all the above said processes should be automatic and in closed loop. The treated waste water should be reused and the collection of the solid waste should not be visible to the user.

Previous Themes

      Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Health for Women and Children (Low Cost Hardware Solutions) [2012-13]