By jacqueline devine and craig kullmann today 26 billion people live without access to improved sanitation of these 75 percent live in rural communities. Wsps global scaling up rural sanitation has linked community based sanitation access monitoring in real time with district and province level databases a key innovation has been the development of a monitoring system that uses cell phones sms text messaging and a central database to transmit and store information reported from the field. Sanitation in rural areas sanitation differs from many other spheres of develop ment in that the primary barrier to success is often not the availability of adequate facilities but rather the level of demand for improved sanitation practices in rural communities where the practice of open defecation has long prevailed investment priorities for sanitation must be applied with a view to . Water sanitation safe water and sustainable sanitation for all wecf implements decentralised safe sustainable and affordable sanitation systems for rural areas and promotes in particular access to safe water and sanitation for schools. Working paper 15 promoting sanitation and hygiene to rural households in snnpr ethiopia experiences of health extension workers and community health promoters
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