You are here: Home » Economy & Policy » News
Business Standard

Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin to help avert over 300,000 deaths by '19: WHO

The study, which was released at the 'Dissemination Workshop', found evidence of improvement in drinking water supply, sanitation services and personal hygiene

Sanitation  |  Swachh Bharat Mission  |  India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Representative Image

The (Gramin) would result in averting more than 0.3 million deaths between 2014 and October 2019, said a WHO study of health gains from the government's flagship programme.

It was conducted by the World Heath Organisation (WHO) on request of Ministry of Drinking Water and (MDWS) to assess the health gains of the SBM- G.

The study, which was released at the 'Dissemination Workshop' here, found evidence of improvement in drinking water supply, services and personal hygiene which had positive health impacts.

"It is estimated that SBM-G will result in averting more than 0.3 deaths (diarrhoea and protein-energy malnutrition) between 2014 and October 2019," WHO expert Richard Johnston said.

"Unsafe caused an estimated 199 million cases of diarrhoea annually before the start of the SBM in 2014. These have been gradually reducing and will almost be eliminated when universal use of safe sanitation facilities is achieved by October 2019," he said.

More than 14 million Diability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) were estimated to be avoided between 2014 and October 2019, the study said.

"This study which WHO has done for us shows that over the coarse of this programme, by the time it is concluded by October 2019, over 3 lakh lives would have been saved. In addition, there have been several other significant health benefits," MDWS secretary Parameswaran Iyer said at the report's release.

"This is an important study which shows that SBM goes well beyond changing the behaviour of rural Indians and making it a 'Jan Andolan', having significant health impact and economic impact as well," he said.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Fri, August 03 2018. 19:36 IST