|Mr. Keo Kay (right) says his family is much healthier since they started using a latrine.|
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Hun Sovadhanak
In the remote rural village of Damnak Kantuot in Thmey commune, Preah Vihear province (in northern Cambodia) open defecation used to be the norm and contributed to regular bouts of illness in the community, especially among children. But things improved greatly after 2011 when members of the Commune Council received a UNICEF-supported orientation on how to identify critical social service issues for attention. After deciding that water, sanitation and hygiene would be their priority, the Commune Council made improvements using its annual government budget and the ‘social service envelope’: additional funding from UNICEF, made possible with contributions from the Australian Committee for UNICEF.