Mr. Poo

I visited India for the first time a few years ago, and ever since I have been thinking about the enormous problem of public defecation. It is not quite as au courant a topic as, say, human trafficking, but in terms of the number of lives affected, it has massive implications because of the spread of disease.

The latest attempt to make progress on this problem is a music video launched by UNICEF.

It is truly amazing to me that this video got made. Not because it will or won’t work, but just because it is so odd. But I like it!

What do you think? Will this have an impact?

I have my own views on how to attack the problem; I’ll write those up on the blog when I have a chance over the next week or two.

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  1. andy31 says:

    India is amazing

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  2. 164 says:

    We might be missing the point here. If we really want pooping to take place on a toilet, then the authoroties might want to build community toilets that are clean and smell good like their Western counterparts. They need to be maintained and cleaned.

    Lets look at Indian’s toilet behaviour in terms of individuals doing what is in their self interest. If they are pooping outside then the alternative has to be pretty bad.

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  3. Mary Dawson says:

    A little disturbing. But it gave me an idea for an incentive: — toilets that pay people for using them!

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  4. Mary Dawson says:

    see NYT 7/15 Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition
    By GARDINER HARRIS and also the comments regarding the politics of building toilets.

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  5. Ashwini Gowariker says:

    I live in India, and can vouch for the fact that there’s very little exaggeration in the video! We have a lot of dairy farms where I live, and cows and buffalos add to the poo count every morning on their way to the fields. But since dung is used both as fertiliser and fuel, it’s scooped up in minutes by people who’re not even employed for the job! I think the trick would be to make human poo more profitable!

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