Due to unhygienic conditions like open defecation, unsafe drinking water, non-disposal of waste water-borne diseases are very common in rural areas. The main reason for this unsafe practice an be attributed largely to ignorance.
Only a negligible portion of the people are using sanitary latrines. In order to address the problem and make the people aware UNMESH organized padayatras, rallies and street plays in rural areas of few blocks in Puri district. An attempt was made to spread the message of clean sanitation among the rural people.
Several water sources were disinfected as part of the campaign. The people were explained regarding the harmful consequences and urged to use a household latrine. Awareness campaign was also launched at the local schools as part of the school sanitation program. The organization also facilitated the process of installing sanitary latrines by the people, especially those belonging the BPL category.