Words used in this issue

Water and sanitation

hygiene healthy conditions and practices that reduce diseases by keeping people and things clean

open defecation going into fields, the bush or other open areas to relieve oneself, leaving faeces (solid waste from the human body) in the open

open defecation free zone an area that a community has stopped using for open defecation

sanitation the provision of facilities and services for the safe disposal of human urine and faeces (definition: the World Health Organization)

subsidy a transfer of money to help someone do something