Plan International Indonesia is working with the Indonesian Ministry of Health and AusAid on a programme of local activism to trigger communities to take actions to improve their own hygiene. It focuses on ending open defecation, hand-washing with soap and proper domestic waste management.
In the 11 districts where we work, we have reduced the incidence of diarrhoea by an average of 35%. The communities themselves, including children, have built nearly 195,000 latrines and 170,000 hand-washing facilities. Children play a key role in checking the facilities in their home villages to see if they are following the ‘5 pillars’ of community led total sanitation.