SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:37:42 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://forum.susana.org/ en-gb Re: SuSanA Flickr Gallery Reaches 10,000 Photos!! - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/8093-susana-flickr-gallery-reaches-10000-photos#8133 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/8093-susana-flickr-gallery-reaches-10000-photos#8133
The 8 people that were thanked here personally above have done really well in enriching this photos collection and they stand for all the others who have also provided photos. I haven't counted it but my guess is that about 100 person have sent in their photos in the past six years (we started this database in 2008). So thank you to you all and please keep the photos coming!

I thought it would be interesting to see what the "winning" photos were (based on the "interestingness ranking" which Flickr calculates based on click rates, comments, favourites and similar. Here they are:

First the ones showing good/innovative sanitation situations: (click on the photo to obtain more information about this photo)

From Nadira, Afghanistan:



From Peter, Zimbabwe:





From Heike, Peru:





From Emery: Kenya



And here the ones showing bad sanitation situations: (click on the photo to obtain more information about this photo)

From Yaniv, India:



From Ina, Uganda:



From Jacob, Bangladesh:



From Doreen, Kenya:



Thanks again to Heike, Ina, Nadira, Yaniv, Doreen, Peter, Jacob and Emery!

One thing we were discussing recently is why the "bad sanitation" photos usually come up so high in the statstics, and also whether it is morally OK to show such bad sanitation photos, particularly when people are clearly visible in them. Personally, I think it is OK, but only because we are doing it with a specific aim in mind: to alert people to these deplorable conditions and to encourage a change, and political and civil will to change something. (and of course no photographer should take such a photo against the will of a person depicted on the photo)

What is your opinion on this matter? Are we being sufficiently sensitive towards this issue?

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:12:41 +0000
Re: Cartoon Competition for World Water Day in India: Help Break the Taboo around Sanitation! And the winners are... - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7469-cartoon-competition-for-world-water-day-in-india-help-break-the-taboo-around-sanitation-and-the-winners-are#8101 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7469-cartoon-competition-for-world-water-day-in-india-help-break-the-taboo-around-sanitation-and-the-winners-are#8101 Top 20 Cartoon Entries is now up!!


Click on the following link to look through the gallery: www.susana.org/lang-en/videos-and-photos/cartoon-gallery

(Posted by Roslyn)]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:21:23 +0000
SuSanA Flickr Gallery Reaches 10,000 Photos!! - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/8093-susana-flickr-gallery-reaches-10000-photos#8093 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/8093-susana-flickr-gallery-reaches-10000-photos#8093 10,000 Flickr photos!

To everyone who has contributed photos to the SuSanA Flickr page, thank you for your contributions and we hope to see more contributions and discussion of the photos in the future!



Recognized Flickr Contributors

At the start of 2014, we recognized Flickr contributors who have posted photos which have had the highest interaction on the SuSanA Flickr page, selected using Flickr’s ‘interestingness’ algorithm, which uses a combination of factors, including number of views, tags, and number of times favourited. We would thus like to recognize Heike Hoffmann, Ina Jurga, Nadira Khawaja, Yaniv Malz, Doreen Mbalo, Peter Morgan, Jacob Hasle Nielsen, and Emery Sindani for their photo contributions!

As a token of recognition and gratitude for these photo contributions, these contributors received a DefeatDD/ PATH 2014 “Oh the places we go” calendar which features a photo from another Flickr contributor, Stefanie Lorenz. Stefanie’s photo of a beer can toilet building in Botswana, which was featured as the August photo, was selected as part of a campaign headed by the SuSanA forum community manager, Elisabeth von Münch, to submit SuSanA Flickr photos in a challenge to get a photo in the toilet-themed calendar. The calendar can be found and downloaded in PDF form here: www.defeatdd.org/oh-the-places-we-go-calendar

SuSanA Flickr Photos around the Web!
With now over 10,000 photos, the SuSanA Flickr photos have been used for a variety of different reasons, including a blog, a TV program, and educational resources. Check out some of the places that SuSanA Flickr photos have been used!

- A promotional video for the Harvard Edx free online Global Health course
- A feature on dry toilets on the TV channel 'France 5'
- Blog gallery of the history of toilet benches, and benches in Mexico
- A dentistry-related open access learning resource from the University of Sheffield

Submitting SuSanA Flickr Photos
If you would like to submit a photo to Flickr, please see the instructions on the SuSanA website: susana.org/lang-en/videos-and-photos/pho...o-database-on-flickr or send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you again to all contributors to the SuSanA Flickr page!

(Posted by Roslyn)]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:28:59 +0000
Re: 2014 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate: Professor John Briscoe - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7928-2014-stockholm-water-prize-laureate-professor-john-briscoe#8025 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7928-2014-stockholm-water-prize-laureate-professor-john-briscoe#8025
That is simply great! I'm delighted to read that. Many thanks for your kind efforts.
I appreciate.

Regards,

F H Mughal]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:40:51 +0000
Re: 2014 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate: Professor John Briscoe - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7928-2014-stockholm-water-prize-laureate-professor-john-briscoe#8023 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7928-2014-stockholm-water-prize-laureate-professor-john-briscoe#8023
I have contacted the communications director from the Stockholm International Water Institute, who very kindly provided Prof. John Briscoe's CV for us to post, where you will find a list of his publications from page 5 - page 13.

The source (book, journal, website) is listed for each publication, and for some even the web-link within the document can be clicked to access the publications.

Kind regards,

Roslyn]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:41:52 +0000
Re: Cartoon Competition: Help Break the Taboo around Sanitation! - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7469-cartoon-competition-for-world-water-day-in-india-help-break-the-taboo-around-sanitation-and-the-winners-are#8008 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7469-cartoon-competition-for-world-water-day-in-india-help-break-the-taboo-around-sanitation-and-the-winners-are#8008 Break the Taboo around Sanitation Cartoon Competition! We received over 90 cartoon submissions overall for the competition. These unique submissions were created by both professional cartoonists and non-professionals from across the world!

We are happy to share with you the results of the competition and to provide a gallery of the cartoon entries through the following link:
www.susana.org/lang-en/meetings/side-eve...lts-and-gallery-full

Feel free to leave any comments here in this discussion thread!

(Posted by Roslyn)


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Here's a sneak preview of the top prize winner (check out the link above for the full gallery of the top cartoons!):

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By SuSanA secretariat or core group Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:46:18 +0000
Re: 2014 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate: Professor John Briscoe - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7928-2014-stockholm-water-prize-laureate-professor-john-briscoe#7932 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7928-2014-stockholm-water-prize-laureate-professor-john-briscoe#7932
Perhaps, the Secretariat can list down some of his publications, along with the links, in addition to two publications, already given.

Thanks,

F H Mughal]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:39:41 +0000
2014 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate: Professor John Briscoe - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7928-2014-stockholm-water-prize-laureate-professor-john-briscoe#7928 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7928-2014-stockholm-water-prize-laureate-professor-john-briscoe#7928
(Adapted from the official press release: www.siwi.org/prizes/stockholmwaterprize/laureates/2014-2/)


Professor John Briscoe has been named the 2014 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for his unparalleled contributions to global and local water management, inspired by an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people on the ground.




Professor Briscoe has become known for his passionate commitment to sustainable economic development, his disrespect for constructed boundaries between sectors and people, and for his insistence that the voice of people who are affected – from the poorest of farmers, to the private sector, to political leaders – be heard.

In his fusion of science, policy and practice, he has developed unrivalled insights into how water should be managed to improve the lives of people worldwide. This approach, which often blurs the boundaries of disciplines, has also included insights into sanitation, for example through the articles A role for water supply and sanitation in the child survival revolution (apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/51086) and (with Harvey Garn) Financing water supply and sanitation under Agenda 21 (onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.14...5.tb00593.x/abstract).

Originally from South Africa, John Briscoe's experience ranges from projects in Bangladesh and Mozambique to formulating the 2003 Water Strategy at the World Bank. He currently works as a professor at Harvard University in the United States.

H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Patron of the Stockholm Water Prize, will present the prize to Professor John Briscoe at a Royal Award Ceremony during 2014 World Water Week in Stockholm on September 4.

For information and a discussion on 2013’s World Water Prize Laureate, Peter Morgan, please visit: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-...3-world-water-prize.

(Posted by Roslyn)]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:55:05 +0000
Re: SuSanA Discussion Forum Contest: Calendar Recipient Announcement ! - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7369-susana-discussion-forum-contest-#7844 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7369-susana-discussion-forum-contest-#7844
We would like to congratulate the forum users Elizabeth Tilley, F H Mughal, Krischan Makowka, Keith Bell and Stephanie Tam who received the most likes for their contributions in the three categories featured in the forum discussion contest! They have each received an “Oh the places we go” 2014 Calendar produced by DefeatDD and PATH featuring photos of toilets around the world.

To read their posts, please follow the links here:

Although we did not have as much participation as anticipated, we hope that there will be continued increased discussion in these categories, which all affect sanitation in a different and important way.

Thank you all for your participation and interest in the contest, and please feel free to provide feedback on the contest here in this post.

(Posted by Roslyn)]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:06:18 +0000
Re: Forum user of the month in March 2014 is FH Mughal from Pakistan! - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7656-forum-user-of-the-month-in-march-2014-is-fh-mughal-from-pakistan#7828 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7656-forum-user-of-the-month-in-march-2014-is-fh-mughal-from-pakistan#7828
I’m simply delighted to see your post. Though, I keep seeing your name, it is probably for the first time that I get to know more about you. It is a pleasant surprise for me to learn that you worked in Pakistan from 1991 to 1996. That is simply great. And, you seem to know more about the things here than I do. You know Zafar Abbas as well. I will try to write one for WWD, but time is very tight – I don’t know.

The Compendium is also my favourite book. It is a great book, in that, it is a useful book for beginners in the sanitation field, and is equally good for experienced people, for whom it is a useful reference book.
I still use this book.

Sanitation is still rather poor here. I think the main reason is that, it has low priority in the agenda of decision makers here. I fully agree with you when you say: keep speaking out. That is a great recipe and, I, on my part, am trying to sensitize the people.

I’m attaching an article that I came across only yesterday. It is titled “Sanitation is independence.” It is from India. Almost 90 years ago, Mahatma Gandhi said, “Sanitation is more important than independence.”

Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate. It is great to know you!

Thank you and kind regards,

F H Mughal]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Sun, 16 Mar 2014 06:07:59 +0000
Re: Forum user of the month in March 2014 is FH Mughal from Pakistan! - by: Carol McCreary http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7656-forum-user-of-the-month-in-march-2014-is-fh-mughal-from-pakistan#7825 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7656-forum-user-of-the-month-in-march-2014-is-fh-mughal-from-pakistan#7825
Congratulations on being recognized for your ongoing contributions to the Forum. It's a pleasure to finally meet you and to learn of your role in designing the Karachi WWTP.

My favorite photo is the one of you holding my favorite book: The Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies. Every week I refer to it at least once and probably refer three other people to it. Here in the Pacific Northwest (Portland, Seattle, Vancouver) we are addressing two challenges. First, we need far more public toilets and for unhoused people we are looking at a variety of options. Second, we need to prepare for a devastating Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake that will destroy pipes and WWTPs and put everyone at risk unless we plan for emergency sanitation ahead of time.

I lived in Pakistan from 1991-1996 and worked with KZR, now Riz Consulting. The people of your city were most welcoming when I had jobs there. I did some work in community development and public health (HIV/AIDS and diarrhea) but found so little support for sanitation. Of course this was true everywhere at the time. Now as the sanitation challenges are better defined and we have an idea of how to much ROI investments in sanitation bring, WE NEED TO SPEAK OUT AND KEEP SPEAKING OUT. Please keep doing it!

I also enjoyed the picture of you at home reading The Dawn. Wonderful paper. I know the editor Zaffar Abbas from his time with BBC based in Islamabad. Since World Water Day is around the corner why don't you write an opinion piece (an op ed) and send it to him? Here's his email. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it You are lucky to have a free press that reaches millions.

Best wishes. I look forward to hearing more from you.

Carol]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Sun, 16 Mar 2014 01:55:28 +0000
Re: Forum user of the month in March 2014 is FH Mughal from Pakistan! - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7656-forum-user-of-the-month-in-march-2014-is-fh-mughal-from-pakistan#7736 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7656-forum-user-of-the-month-in-march-2014-is-fh-mughal-from-pakistan#7736
Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I too have enjoyed my communications with you.
It is nice to get good information from an expert like you.

Thanks and best wishes,

F H Mughal]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Tue, 11 Mar 2014 04:41:35 +0000
Re: Forum user of the month in March 2014 is FH Mughal from Pakistan! - by: campbelldb http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7656-forum-user-of-the-month-in-march-2014-is-fh-mughal-from-pakistan#7727 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7656-forum-user-of-the-month-in-march-2014-is-fh-mughal-from-pakistan#7727
Congratulations on your selection as forum user of the month. I have enjoyed our correspondence and your suggestions and I admire your efforts to keep up with the WASH literature along with your many other responsibilities.

Best regards,
Dan Campbell]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:40:19 +0000
Re: Forum user of the month in March 2014 is FH Mughal from Pakistan! - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7656-forum-user-of-the-month-in-march-2014-is-fh-mughal-from-pakistan#7724 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7656-forum-user-of-the-month-in-march-2014-is-fh-mughal-from-pakistan#7724
Thank you for sharing your views. I'm pleasantly surprise to read that you lived in Pakistan for one year. So, you must be familiar with the sanitation scenario here to a fairly large extent.

Thanks for the polio link. I appreciate

Best wishes,

F H Mughal]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:14:17 +0000
Re: Forum user of the month in March 2014 is FH Mughal from Pakistan! - by: F H Mughal http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7656-forum-user-of-the-month-in-march-2014-is-fh-mughal-from-pakistan#7722 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-susana-secretariat-or-core-group/7656-forum-user-of-the-month-in-march-2014-is-fh-mughal-from-pakistan#7722
Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate.

Mughal is pronounced as Mu – ghal. As regards the channels’ cleaning, please note that labour is relatively cheap in Pakistan, and for that matter, in Bangladesh and India. The sweepers, who clean the channels, belong to a lower caste. This caste group works in sanitation sector – cleaning sewers, pit latrines and channels. If I get a picture, I will send to the forum.

I have not seen constructed wetlands here. In Karachi, in early 60s, trickling filters were constructed. In late 1980s, these were modified to primary treatment only. Later on, anaerobic ponds were constructed. In Islamabad, there is a activated sludge wastewater treatment plant.

Here, sanitation has very low priority. This is unfortunate. Not enough people are coming up in this field.

In a separate thread of this forum, this point was raised. Some friends suggested linking sanitation to health. Polio is a problem here, as you have read in newspapers. I would appreciate, if some friends can shows specific pathways of how poor sanitation leads to polio.

Best regards,

F H Mughal]]>
By SuSanA secretariat or core group Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:43:04 +0000