Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene in Bangladesh: An Investigation of Lohagara Upazila

16 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2015

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Tawhidul Islam

University of Chittagong

Ohidul Alam

East China University of Science and Technology

Khaled Misbahuzzaman

University of Chittagong

Date Written: September 3, 2015

Abstract

In Lohagara Upazila and other rural areas of Chittagong, a few NGOs have been working to resolve water, sanitation and health (WaSH) problems. But it is still an issue of unresolved dearth of education and sufficient lucre. This paper is based on a survey of 72 rural families that were selected randomly in two unions of Lohagara Upazila to explore the current status and adopted measures. It appears that about one quarter of rural people are deprived of safe drinking water. Among other sources, they utilize pond water, which typically is polluted by micro-organisms and other impurities. Access to sanitary latrines is also low. Only 12.5 percent of the 24 lower class families use sanitary latrines (SLs), mostly because they cannot afford to utilize SLs. Even among the 24 middle class families, half do not use proper latrines. Both government and NGOs should come forward to support these rural people and reduce their problems, which have negative implications on the whole country.

Keywords: water, sanitation, health, rural development, Bangladesh

JEL Classification: I15, O12, O15

Suggested Citation

Islam, Tawhidul and Alam, Ohidul and Misbahuzzaman, Khaled, Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene in Bangladesh: An Investigation of Lohagara Upazila (September 3, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2656086 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2656086

Tawhidul Islam (Contact Author)

University of Chittagong ( email )

Chittagong, 4331
Bangladesh

Ohidul Alam

East China University of Science and Technology ( email )

Xuhui
Shanghai, Shanghai 200237
China
8613002176329 (Phone)
8613002176329 (Fax)

Khaled Misbahuzzaman

University of Chittagong ( email )

Chittagong, 4331
Bangladesh

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