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USAID-supported NISHTHA program commits to improving sanitation behaviour

Nagaland News

Dimapur, November 19: On World Toilet Day on November 18, NISHTHA, the flagship health system strengthening project supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Jhpiego, in partnership with Unilever, renewed its commitment to support the state of Nagaland in the promotion of safe water and sanitation practices.

Leveraging the Health and Wellness Centres platform under Ayushman Bharat, USAID’s NISHTHA program will continue to promote and educate communities on the importance of using toilets and following proper sanitation practices.
Highlighting USAID’s support to the state of Nagaland, Veena Reddy, Mission Director, USAID/India said, “As a health system strengthening program, USAID’s NISHTHA project is working with the Nagaland government to improve availability of safe and hygienic sanitation systems in primary healthcare facilities to raise the overall standard of care. We believe that access to clean water and sanitation, along with good hygiene practices and the ability to effectively manage water resources, are key to promoting sustained sanitation behaviors, and keeping people and communities healthy.”
According to a press release issued here, Nagaland Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Pangnyu Phom said, “Our experience shows that community participation led by information sharing, awareness building and on-ground activities can help motivate and generate civic sense for increased usage of toilets. Collaborative approach between government, civil society and the private sector is essential to ensure safe and sustainable sanitation. We are partnering with USAID-NISHTHA and Unilever for promoting healthy hygiene behaviours and improving the availability of safe and hygienic sanitation systems in primary healthcare facilities.”
(Page News Service)