The Last Taboo: In Kenya 6 million people still defecate in the open. This report literally cuts through the crap to take a funny and refreshing look at the serious risks and the bold new tactics being used to tackle them.

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"Shit is very dangerous to people's health", as Margaret Kahiga simply puts it. She is part of the new, no-nonsense approach to improving Kenya's sanitation. Faeces contamination kills one child every 20 seconds - more than Aids and malaria combined. But when it comes to poo, there is a shared sense of "fear, disgust and shame" within local Kenyan communities. Chief Charro is forcing his community to confront the health risks through shock tactics - collecting fresh faeces and placing them directly next to fresh bread, then asking people to eat the bread. It may seem crude, but in areas where over 5,000 people share a single toilet, tackling the taboo is literally a matter of life and death.

Kate Iles – Ref. 5720

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