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(The) Economic Impacts of Inadequate Sanitation in India

(The) Economic Impacts of Inadequate Sanitation in India
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). December 2010
  • This study from India analyzes the evidence on the adverse economic impacts of inadequate sanitation at the national level using information on health (deaths and diseases) and other impacts. The study underlines that not only are substantial investments needed but that these can become effective only when they result in reducing morbidity and mortality, mitigating impacts on drinking water, improving welfare, and reducing impacts on tourism, and so on, which are associated with inadequate sanitation. The study recommends a new monitoring framework at the national and local levels¿one that measures not just toilet coverage and use, or coverage of sewerage and number of wastewater treatment plants, but also the improvements in the overall health, water-related, environmental, and welfare indicators that are caused by inadequate sanitation.
  • Geographical coverage: Asia, India, Gujarat
  • Main themes: Disease, Economic impact, Health, Investments, Poverty, Sanitation, Water treatment
  • Main target audience: Decision makers, Governments, Project managers, Service providers, Utility managers
  • Main purpose: Advocacy, Awareness raising
  • Type of resource: Fact sheet, Impact study, Methodology, Recommendations
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Published in 2014