See how Plan Indonesia 'triggers' a village to change critical behaviours

Community drawing a map on the ground as part of CLTS

Improving health outcomes from WASH programs requires that people not only have better access to WASH infrastructure and facilities, but that they actually use them.  Behaviour change initiatives, therefore, are essential components of effective WASH programs.  Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is an example of an effective approach to promoting toilet uptake and use, and improved hygiene behaviour.

The Indonesian Government has adopted a version of CLTS as part of its Rural Sanitation Strategy, which is called Community Based Total Sanitation or STBM in Indonesian.  STBM incorporates five pillars: 1) open defecation free (ODF) status; 2) hand washing with soap; 3) household water treatment; 4) solid waste management; and 5) wastewater management.  

Plan Indonesia, through the Civil Society WASH Fund, is supporting the Government of Indonesia to strengthen their delivery of STBM in Nusa Tenggara Timur Province.  As part of this project, Plan with local Government counterparts are conducting a number of ‘triggering’ events in target villages and recording the experience for training purposes. 

See this video to understand how villages are ‘triggered’ and to better understand how CLTS is being applied in Indonesia. 

To date, as part of this project, 12 villages have been declared STBM villages, that it they have achieved all five pillars.