Bahraich Sanitation Center
Rollins School of Public Health
Outside the Bahraich Sanitation Center sat a public water pump that collected and drained into a pool below. The sanitation center was responsible for collecting taxes, sanitation care (sweepers), providing subsidies for toilets, providing water tanks, and providing public water pumps. However, thick and inefficient bureaucracy stood as a massive barrier to clean and healthy living conditions in rural Bahraich. As integral as water is to health, sanitation, and hygiene, the centers officials had gaps in knowledge about how their jobs affected people's health. While the federal government strives to tackle environmental problems in ambitious ways, the on-the-ground reality is that municipalities lack strong resources and overlook basic understandings about the sanitation and hygiene needs of their populations.