Tippy Tap in schools way to go!? (and other group handwashing facilities at schools)

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Tippy Tap in schools way to go!? (and other group handwashing facilities at schools)

I am looking forward to installing 2 Tippy Taps per school in twenty (20) schools in the western Uganda to reduce water related infections among children, but i am still nervous whether they can control diarrhea or reduce child mortality rate? what do you think i can do to improve on WASH within the community where i come from?

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Re: Tippy Tap in schools way to go!

Hello Emmanuel

Try to involve the children in building the tippy-taps. From UWASNET's experience during the WASH United project it's a nice promotional activity and will allow them to maybe do the same at their home.

That said, I personally don't think tippy-taps make much sense at a school... they simply do not last very long with so many users, especially careless children (besides the general fact that the plastic containers usually break quickly because the UV irradiation makes them brittle and the handle breaks off).

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Hie Emmanuel
i agree with JKMakowka. that thing is not sustainable. i have been implementing Tippy taps since 2009 and i can safely conclude that it need serious improvements. last year we installed 13400 tippy taps in the communal areas. we started by creating demand for that facility through PHHE sessions and community healthy clubs, community members liked the idea and after a year everyone had a tippy tap at his/her household. after three maonths i went back to the area of operation to see if they are still using the facility less than 1% of the household were still using the facility. most of the mentioning that its not strong and it easly breaks. for you Emmanuel i propose you can use handwashing facility constructed by brick for schools. a tippy tap will not last at a school . i have attached the picture of the handwashing facility which proved to be strong for schools

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Re: Tippy Tap in schools way to go!

hello,

we are about to start a school WASH project at 10 schools in Moshi Urban with an emphasis on hand-washing with soap. The hand-washing will be done as a group activity, thus 20-40 pupils washing at the same time.

Therefore a single tap or tank outlet will not suffice and I also think that tippy taps are not durable enough.

Who has possibly experience with a set-up of 20-40 outlets, possibly regulated (open/close) centrally and a simple trough catching the wash water to a soak away or banana plant? What material has been used? Must be cheap and durable! Any suggestions, drawings, internet links, etc are appreciated.

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Re: Tippy Tap in schools way to go!

Have a look at this manual (Field Guide: Hardware for Group Handwashing in Schools by Fit for School):
globalhandwashing.org/wp-content/uploads...ashing-in-School.pdf

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Re: Tippy Tap in schools way to go!

Krischan, thanks for the link, gives some good ideas..

do you have practical experience with any 'group handwashing facility' at schools which you can share?

ciao, Hajo

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Re: Tippy Tap in schools way to go!

Sorry, not really, but I might be also involved in something like that soonish.

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Re: Tippy Tap in schools way to go!

Hi Calistorapai,
It is a great pleasure hearing from you, your idea is a good one. But i had proposed Tippy Taps because it is less costly and as a preventive measure in reducing enteric diseases among children and their mothers since it does not involve touching the tap instead you step with your feet to get water.Secondly am intending to use my personal resources,since i haven't got any external support in terms of finances.The brick facility is durable fine and sounds effective but expensive to set up and it needs some funding (external financial support)many can be installed in many areas of our reach and can reduce child mortality rate in our country.

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Dear Julius,
It is indeed a great deal involved children since they can adapt to it very fast, easier for them to set up, the material are locally available so when it breaks they can easily make another one. Its all about changing their mind set. I mean show them why Tippy Taps,educate them about the enteric diseases that affect children. Show them figures of their fellow children who die every year due to poor hygiene (or not washing their hands after any dirtying activities) i think they can make Tippy Taps part of them. Well i know there are more better measures like proving them hand sanitizers where a bottle of sanitizer is attached to the toilet where you just press the lotion and smear your hands without washing. This needs some external financial support.where as Tippy Taps is our personal resources from you pockets.
I have taught girls how to make sanitary pads from cheap available materials and have adapted to it and it is working for them especially those girls from marginalized families.

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Re: Tippy Tap in schools way to go?

Dear Kisembo,

You have started an interesting thread, thanks for that. I like the picture that you put in your first post of this thread. It shows the realities of life... However, how long would these children have to queue up to get to the front of the queue and will they really be so diligent to wait for 5-10 minutes until it's their turn (their break might be over by then)?

So the group handwashing facilities are really important at schools, and the question is: how can they be implemented cheaply.

Hajo: as you are based in Tanzania, have you made contact with GIZ yet? I heard that they are gearing up to implement the Fit for School program that was so successful in the Philippines (see the guide that Kris posted above) also in Tanzania. Perhaps Shobana, who was a SuSanA secretariat inter and who is now with GIZ in Tanzania can tell us something about their plans.

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Re: Tippy Tap in schools way to go?

hello Elisabeth and all,

see more under new topic 'Fit For School' in the 'school category' ( forum.susana.org/forum/categories/27-sch...ls-in-moshi-tanzania )

ciao, Hajo

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Re: Tippy Tap in schools way to go!

Your evaluation of the Tippy Tappies is unfortunately pretty true. The volumes tend to be 5-25 litres and the wastage per use is difficult to control.
After seeing some primitive British Red Cross field hygiene of a similar nature sent to us from the Southern Zimbabwe cholera control clinics, I designed and manufactured our own range of water dispensers using self-priming foot pumps and standpipe delivery of water. We call them the WWashPot (40litres) and the WWashTank (600 litres) - see them on www.aircellstructures.com .
I know they don't use local resources and you will find them expensive, but they work, they are robust and long lasting. Why tip up a Tippy Tappy and use 500ml of water when you only need 80ml twice to do a better job? Why have to replenish that Tippy Tappy ever couple of hours, when you can have over 3500 double portions measured out from a 600 litre unit with 4 separate foot-pump positions? Eventually the economics of a bought-in solutions don't look so bad.
I design these products to work and to help and they have been used in Haiti elsewhere and most recently in Mozambique in the floods.



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