For 77 year old Suk Kumari, going to the toilet has never been easy. Now blind due to cataracts, it's become almost impossible. She stumbled twice, and was sick after that and went to hospital. While she was sick, it was very difficult for her to go to the toilet. She had to be taken there.
Suk Kumari's experience isn't unique. Globally some two and half billion people have no access to a clean toilet, that's one in every three people. In rural Nepal that figure can be much higher. An estimated 15 million still practice open defecation, making Nepal one of the world's worst affected areas.
Nepal's mountainous terrain means access to many villages remains possible only on foot. Transporting toilets, pipes and sacks of cement can pose a serious challenge.
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) manages the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF), established to gather and direct money and resources for national programmes that support access to sanitation for poor people. In Nepal, the fund supports sanitation and hygiene promotion throughout the country, which hopes to obtain open defecation free status by 2017. Since GSF started in Nepal in 2010, over half a million people have access to improved toilets.
Large-scale programmes funded by GSF in 11 countries have to date resulted in nearly 4 million people living in open-defecation free environments and more than 2.6 million people using improved forms of sanitation.
Investing in sanitation and hygiene using community-based approaches pays dividends, not only in the health sector, but also on livelihoods, the economy and greater human dignity.
Discover more of the global work of WSSCC and the Global Sanitation Fund on the WSSCC website: http://www.wsscc.org/
This film was produced by United Nations Television for the programme "UN in Action".