As many as 65 Swachhagrahis were trained in ODF (open defecation free) plus during a four day residential programme held in Kamrup Metropolitan district of Assam from 28th November to 1st December, 2019.
Organised by Kamrup Metro District Water and Sanitation Committee (DWSC), the training programme covered all aspects of ODF Sustainability which includes sustaining behavior change for safe sanitation; leaving no one behind and addressing gaps; constructing community toilets for floating populations and organizing refresher training for all grassroots functionaries.
Also covered during the training programme were solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) which includes bio-degradable waste management; plastic waste management; grey water management and faecal sludge management, all of which ODF Plus encompasses.
Similar trainings are being held across the country with a view to taking up of open defecation free plus (ODF Plus) agenda and improving access to safe and secure water supply through Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) Program, ODF –S (ODF Sustainability), SLWM (Solid and Liquid Waste Management), MHM (Menstrual Hygiene Management), etc.
Much focus was given to the concept of ‘Leaving no one behind’ by which sanitation interventions should address needs of women and adolescent girls, elderly and people with disability, and transgenders.
To enable swachhagrahis who are the front line workers in sanitation to appreciate their role better, the swachhagrahis were made aware of their tasks to carry the village assigned to them from ODF to ODF Plus. They were given orientation on how to plan their actions, even as they participated in oath taking.
The agenda of the training programme included:
Day 1 – Understanding the concept of ODF Plus; ODF assessment; ODF Verification process; repair and maintenance of toilets; toilets for persons with disability.
Day 2 – Practical training on ODF Plus Assessment, Pit Emptying and Retrofitting of Toilets;
Day 3 – Solid waste management including plastic waste management and GOBAR-DHAN; Liquid waste management including Grey Water Management; and Faecal Sludge Management.
Day 4 – Introduction to Triggering for SLWM, MHM, Role of Swachhagrahis, Action planning by Participants for ODF Plus