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Community-led Total sanitation (CLTS) is used in over 40 countries all over the world, one of them being Kenya, where it is currently used as a national sanitation policy. CLTS was first introduced in Kajiado in 2011 and so far, results have been mixed. In 2014, around one fourth of the total population still practiced open defecation in some wards, this percentage is much higher.
Next to the many well-known health risks that poor sanitation brings with it, it also negatively affects the economic performance of the county. It is estimated that on a yearly basis, KES 542 million is lost in Kajiado due to poor sanitation facilities. Within the national ODF 2020 roadmap, Kajiado County aims to reduce the rate of OD from 25.7% to 10%.
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