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Economics of Sanitation: Contemporary Rural Women Study

G. Kavitha (Author) B. Suresh Lal (Author)

Health and hygiene of an individual is fundamentally dependent upon adequate availability of drinking water and proper sanitation. Consumption of unsafe drinking water, improper disposal of human excreta, improper environmental sanitation and lack of personal and food hygiene have been major causes of many diseases in developing countries. Amazingly, around 2.5 billion people in the world still do not have access to proper sanitation, including toilets or latrines, which have serious consequences on human health, dignity and security, the environment, social and economic development. Open defecation is a major health hazard and causes enormous hardship, especially to rural women.

Investing in sanitation makes investments in education more effective; girls are more likely to go to school and stay in school when girls-friendly toilets are available. Every $1 invested would give an economic return of between $3 and $14, people without basic sanitation defecate in the open, exposing themselves to ridicule, shame for women and girls, the risk of attack. Improved sanitation brought multiple economic benefits-avoiding illnesses (saved from healthcare expenses) and a decrease in work days lost to illness and a longer lifespan. The book covers wide variety of aspects like Importance of the Sanitation, World and Indian Scenario, Socio Economic Conditions, Health Care and Sanitation Conditions of the Women, Case Studies, Inadequate Sanitation and Women Health Problems and Economic burden. This book helps to students, researchers, teachers and policy makers in the field of Sanitation.

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About the author

B. Suresh Lal

Dr. B. Suresh Lal obtained his M.A (Econ), M. Phil & Ph.D from Kakattiya University Warangal and he obtained M.Sc (Computer Science) degree from MD University, Rohtak. Dr. Lal is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Kakatiya a University, Warangal He has 14 years of research and teaching experience. Dr. Lal is a reputed scholar on Health & Environmental Economics, Information Technology Applications in Economics and Tribal Studies. He has published 45 articles in national and international reputed journals and has presented more than 30 papers at national, international and regional seminars/ conferences. Dr. Lal has successfully completed three research projects and edited four books entitled “Rural Development in the Era of Globalization” “Human Development in India”-Volume-1 Cross-National Perspective and Profiles, Volume-11 Gender and Subaltern Dimensuions, “Globalization Agricultural Development of Tribes: Issues and Challenges”. He is member on the editorial board & paper reviewer panels of journals like, The Economic Challenger (India), International Journals of Development Research & social Action (India), Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Geneva), International Academy of Business & Economics (USA). Dr. Lal is life member of several professional association such as, Indian Society of Information Technology in Agriculture Society of Environmental Education, and AP Economics Association.

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Title Economics of Sanitation: Contemporary Rural Women Study
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.07.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788183877718
length xxiv+292p., Illustrations; 24cm.