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Friday, 02 July 2010

Kathmandu: The famous Nepali comic duo Madan Krishna Shrestha and Haribansha Acharya aka Maha Jodi seem more and more attracted by telefilms with a social message. The comic pair, who has entertained the Nepali audience for more than three decades, this time are ready with ‘Sugandhapur’, a tele-serial with a message motivating people not to defecate in the open.

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Photo Courtesy: Plan Nepal
The premiere show of the tele-film was organised at Russian Cultural Centre, Kamalpokhari on June 30. Jointly produced by Mahasanchar and Plan Nepal, it will be broadcast in two episodes on television channels. The film centres around a community led total sanitation approach, which focuses on ending open defecation. It also conveys a message of changing the hygiene behaviour of people. The shooting of entire film was done in a rural area of Biratnagar.
Sharing his experience during the shooting Acharya said, "Many people from that area were motivated to make toilets in their homes just watching the shooting." Revealing the present situation of Nepal, Donal Keane, country director of Plan Nepal stated, "Ten million people in Nepal defecate in the open and every year 10,000 children here die due to diarrhoeal diseases." Plan Nepal has started community led total sanitation programmes since 2004 in different communities of Nepal. "We hope this tele-serial will be one of the effective mediums to motivate communities to maintain sanitation," Keane added. A total of 70 communities have been declared open defecation area by Plan Nepal.
"Only 43 per cent people in Nepal have access to toilet. So we are moving ahead to improve this situation to meet the national target of sanitation for all by 2017," expressed Binod Chandra Jha, Deputy Director General, Department of Water Supply and Sewerage.

Source: The Himalayan Times, July 2, 2010

 
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