Bid to make women sanitation champions in Odisha’s Berhampur


Berhampur: The Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) is organising a two-month orientation for nearly 1,600 Women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) members on the complete value chain of Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM).

The move is aimed at making them sanitation champions.

The two-month orientation will cover over 1600 women SHGs under the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) in Berhampur on FSSM and build their capacity to engage households in conversations about FSSM best practices.

It will build the capacity of the SHGs in interpersonal communication (IPC) to motivate households to practice desired sanitation behaviors.

The orientation will be organized through the Area and City Level Federations (ALF and CLF) of the SHGs. Gradually, they will also be involved in the Operation and Maintenance of the recently commissioned Septage Treatment Plant (SeTP) at Mohuda in Berhampur and also on reuse and sale of compost products.

The SHG to be oriented about the operation and maintenance of Septage treatment plant and depending on their capabilities and possibilities they will be handed over Septage Treatment Plant, Mohuda for O&M.

Similarly, SHGs will be taught about the importance of organic compost and market techniques and depending on the interest they will be involved in the processes on reuse and sale of compost.

The “Malasura” campaign launched recently by the BeMC on FSSM recently is actively engaging with women SHGs to spread awareness on unsafe FSSM practices and its implication on health and to create a need for mechanised desludging of toilet septic tanks amongst the households.

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