SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:41:45 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: Sanitation Business Catalogue - by: JKMakowka Never the less, it might give someone a starting point.]]> WG 9 (business, awareness) Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:35:04 +0000 Sanitation Business Catalogue (new publication by IRC) - by: F H Mughal
I consider it as a useful reference document for those connected with sanitation one way or the other – engineers, contractors, program managers, local sanitation groups and, most of all, the people.

As the document says on the first page, it is aimed to propagate the sanitation services, and bring scale-up sanitation services to the poor.

The document is available at:

F H Mughal]]>
WG 9 (business, awareness) Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:51:30 +0000
RE: Proposed WG9 Meeting - by: snghosh

Satya Narayan Ghosh

Senior Program Officer, India Country Office,
Water For People 26/1/1, Gariahar Road, South, Kolkata - 700031, West Bengal]]>
WG 9 (business, awareness) Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:55:09 +0000
Proposed Working Group 9 Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden (6 Sept. 2014) - by: smunyana
We would like to raise your awareness regarding the upcoming SuSanA meeting taking place on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th September in Stockholm. Through the following link you can find the pre-meeting page:

We would like to organise a WG9 knowledge exchange meeting on 6th September at SEI or during the week in the SWWW venue. I therefore kindly ask you: 1) If you are interested in attending? 2) What you would expect from such a meeting? 3) If you would like to share a special topic/issue (e.g. past/current work; ideas for working group activities; etc.) either during the WG meeting or with the whole SuSanA crowd during the plenary meeting.

Feel free to reply to this post.

Please also note that I am happy to feed in your inputs during the meeting in case you will not be personally present.

We look forward seeing some of you soon!

Kind regards,

Sherina Munyana
Co-Lead WG9

Communications Manager
Water For People]]>
WG 9 (business, awareness) Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:18:29 +0000
Re: Webcast "end open defecation" by the UN Deputy Secretary General - by: joeturner
But there is almost no international media coverage of this campaign. Rather than breaking the silence, I think it has just underlined the fact that outside of the WASH field, few know or care about sanitation.]]>
WG 9 (business, awareness) Fri, 30 May 2014 14:21:22 +0000
Re: Webcast "end open defecation" by the UN Deputy Secretary General - by: christian.rieck
there is actually a link to the session on UN Live

I have also stumbled over this first clip of the campaign with Sesame Street.’s-muppet-friend-raya-encourages-proper-hygiene/3591210860001

Even as this campaign may not address the right questions as Arno and Joe have rightly pointed out, it will still provide a good platform to discuss ways out of the sanitation mess. SuSanA should be at the forefront to dash out recommendations on how to act - even creating its own campaign on what should we do ...

1. Solving the urban sanitation crisis by sustainable financing decentralised faecal sludge and wastewater management
2. Reaching people living in illegal settlements instead of only picking the low hanging fruits
3. Promoting temporary and usually more afforable sanitation solutions that follow through with the human right to sanitation, instead of aiming for long-term and expensive "concrete" solutions that will leave the unserved people still unserved for the next decades to come.
4. ...

WG 9 (business, awareness) Fri, 30 May 2014 14:08:41 +0000
Re: Webcast "end open defecation" by the UN Deputy Secretary General - by: joeturner
Chris, I don't think it is on YouTube and the UN video website is very hard to navigate.]]>
WG 9 (business, awareness) Thu, 29 May 2014 19:28:45 +0000
Re: Webcast "end open defecation" by the UN Deputy Secretary General - by: arno
And what is open defecation anyway? If faecal sludge from latrines ends up being dumped by paid operators in the neigbouring environment isn't this organised open defecation? What about the 90% untreated wastewater in developing countries? Is this not open defecation? And the final insult is the irrigation of vegetables with raw sewage water which occurs in at least 50 countries affecting some 700 million people on a daily basis resulting in helminth worm infections and other waterborne diseases.

So what is this UN declaration really about? How can we do this better?]]>
WG 9 (business, awareness) Thu, 29 May 2014 18:47:03 +0000
Re: Webcast "end open defecation" by the UN Deputy Secretary General - by: canaday
Thanks, Joe, for the summary. Is there a Youtube video?

An important next step is for these heads of state, dignitaries and diplomats to set the example by building and using simple UDDTs (especially if this is as easy as they say). The average poor person often wants the same kind of bathroom as those leaders, so it is key to show that UDDTs can be acceptable and preferable for at least some of these upper-class people. Sports, acting and music idols could also help set this example. (I have an idea for an entertaining animated movie.)

Could someone mention to the UN this UDDT design that costs nothing and is made just with a few plastic things salvaged from the garbage?:

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday]]>
WG 9 (business, awareness) Thu, 29 May 2014 13:47:28 +0000
Re: Webcast "end open defecation" by the UN Deputy Secretary General - by: joeturner
Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson: talked about the silence regarding the issue of open defecation and said that if the practice could be ended in 10 countries, there would be an 80% drop. He said that sanitation was lagging behind the other MDGs.

Dr Nicholas Alipui from UNICEF: said that there should be a focus on human rights to tackle open defecation because the wealthy often are able to access sanitation improvements whereas the poorest and most vulnerable are left out. He also said that in addition to the numbers of child deaths caused by bad sanitation, 162 million children are stunted from repeated bouts of diarrhea leading to a massive loss of human potential.

His Excellency Mark Neo, Deputy UN Representative from Singapore: talked about a recent UN resolution put forward by Singapore about World Toilet Day and the problems within the UN with the word 'toilet' with some countries wanting to use the word 'restroom'. He said that 'open defecation' itself was a euphemism for 'shitting outside' (woop, he said shit at the UN) and that the issue was clouded by taboos, and that there were taboos within taboos, particularly relating to the effect on women and girls of open defecation.

Amanda Moreland from WSCCC said that there were proven methods to protect women and that local people can come up with solutions to their own problems - and that this was a strong approach because women are de-facto managers of sanitation improvements.

There was discussion about how WASH should be the core of the post-2015 agenda and that there needs to be a global mobilisation behind a campaign against open defecation as "nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something".

Journalists questioned the comment that the solutions were known and were 'easy', given the failure of improvements in sanitation under the MDG. It was said that in some places such as Nigeria the number of people practicing open defecation had actually increased in recent years.

It was said that sanitation targets had not been met due to limited resources from governments and that "sanitation is less sexy than water" and so was a harder sell to funders and the community, whereas it should be of equal importance.

Well, that's what happened. In my view it is just talk and anyway confuses a lot of different distinct issues. But to my mind the whole idea of describing sanitation as 'easy' and suggesting that Community Led Total Sanitation is an easy win which can be stimulated by local people is a complete fabrication. I still think that the division between unimproved and improved sanitation is a poor one, given that diarrheal disease can still be directly attributable to infection caused by 'improved' facilities.]]>
WG 9 (business, awareness) Thu, 29 May 2014 08:19:45 +0000
Re: Webcast "end open defecation" by the UN Deputy Secretary General - by: susanaforum
Today, the UN Deputy Secretary General launched the global sanitation campaign to end open defecation.
The campaign aims to end the practice of open defecation and improve access to toilets and latrines for people without basic level sanitation, but they particularly want to break the silence on talking about open defecation and occurring deaths and diseases. Every 2 ½ minutes dies a child due to the lack of proper sanitation and hygiene. Ending open defecation in only 10 countries could prevent 80 per cent of deaths due to diarrhea and other diseases. 121 UN member states became co-sponsor on in targeting this topic.
Read more in the following link and stay tuned for updates here and on the twitter account on open defecation.

[posted by Sebastian Klos]]]>
WG 9 (business, awareness) Wed, 28 May 2014 15:43:48 +0000
Re: Check out this sanitation music video! - by: miaafr
Thank you so much for your message.

By way of explanation: My connection to Monrovia followed several years working with Liberian refugees in Ghana, a country whose music I started researching in 1989 with an MA thesis on Ewe music - later released in part as a CD, teaching at the University of Alberta, and a study abroad program in Ghana since 2007.

As part of that summer program I used to take the students to visit the Buduburam refugee camp--where sanitation was clearly a major issue-- and this led to production of a CD featuring music produced by Liberian refugees there. Later most of these musicians returned to Liberia, and I've continued working with them on various collaborative projects under the rubric "songs for sustainable peace and development"..

As I recall, at some point while the musicians were still refugees in Ghana I forwarded the idea of a song about sanitation - they picked it up, quickly sketched out a song and recorded it using a studio on the camp itself; I looked for funding, and this later enabled production of the music video and documentary using local audio and video professionals in Monrovia. I provided some feedback on initial edits, and later edited the documentary portion out of much more extensive footage they'd shot. A colleague here in Canada also helped with audio postproduction. Funding for the project -- generously provided by the Calgary Rotary Club -- was totally insufficient to cover my travel there and so we worked only via phone and internet (dropbox, youtube, etc.) to share files.

None of those of us involved in the project was an expert in sanitation, unfortunately - though I'd definitely wanted us to work hand in hand with sanitation-oriented NGOs, hospitals, clinics, or the Ministry of Health in Liberia, it was hard to connect up to the right people remotely, and the Liberian musicians evidently didn't have time or connections to make those connections happen.

Ideally, however, we would have worked closely with an organization dedicated to sanitation issues, such as those affiliated with SuSanA. The project would have benefited tremendously from inclusion of experts in this area - but we were also pressed for time for other reasons, so we forged ahead.

In retrospect, I think the result was that we developed "sanitation" a bit differently from its usual definition among public health experts, more along the lines of its ordinary language usage, to include, say, the malarial dangers of stagnant water resulting from poor drainage, but not emphasizing the importance of toilets or other priority issues as much as we should have.

I hope that some of the readers of this forum will join us to partner on future projects - we have high hopes for producing a second music video focused on sanitation in Liberia (or in Ghana, or elsewhere), perhaps this time focussing on more specific issues of greatest concern, in conjunction with an infrastructure project or in support of a definite public health initiative, and hopefully enjoying better support from local media and government authorities for dissemination.

Thanks so much to you and other forum readers for any suggestions or ideas - we're open to any and all!

with best wishes, Michael]]>
WG 9 (business, awareness) Fri, 23 May 2014 15:52:12 +0000
Re: Check out this sanitation music video! - by: muench
Thanks for posting this, and welcome to the forum!
Can you tell us a bit more how you, as a Canadian professor of music - or ethnomusicology to be precice - developed an interest in sanitation issues?
How did you get the connection to Liberia and Ghana?

About the music video, I really like it. It is obvious that professional musicians have produced this, not the other way around where professional WASH people do a bit of music stuff...

I have the following questions:
  1. The images used are showing lots of solid waste issues but hardly anything about toilets and faecal sludge management. Was that on purpose? Is sanitation for you (for Liberians) mostly a solid waste issue? Or was it too "disgusting" to show footage of open defecation or filthy latrines or pit emptying? What was the reasoning behind your choice of footage?
  2. Twice malaria is mentioned in the list of diseases, but I think this is not quite correct because the mosquitos that carry malaria live in clean stagnant water but not in wastewater, don't they? In which sense do you see malaria being connected to sanitation issues? Or did you include just as a general health issue?

Kind regards,
WG 9 (business, awareness) Fri, 23 May 2014 09:08:56 +0000
Webcast "end open defecation" by the UN Deputy Secretary General - by: susanaforum
This effort for the 2015 target will take place on May 28, 2014 from 10:00 to 11:00am (arrive at 9:00am). Venue is the Dag Hammerskjöld Library Auditorium in New Your City (enter at 47th Street and 1st Avenue).

Follow the link to register here.

[Posted by Sebastian Klos]]]>
WG 9 (business, awareness) Thu, 22 May 2014 09:43:35 +0000
Re: Check out this sanitation music video! - by: miaafr
Thanks so much for your post!

This version contains preliminary titles that help to explain this participatory action research project:

And there’s an accompanying documentary video short here:

We produced both videos thanks to just $3000 from the Rotary Club, but with limited funding it’s hard to do much more.

Following up on this video, we urgently need to (1) achieve better dissemination through terrestrial TV broadcasts (YouTube is great, but not so accessible to Liberians and others who need to watch), and (2) carry out impact assessments demonstrating reach and effectiveness (providing feedback for subsequent productions, and publishable evidence to be cited in subsequent funding applications).

Many thanks to you and the forum participants for any ideas, or leads…

best wishes,
Michael Frishkopf]]>
WG 9 (business, awareness) Thu, 15 May 2014 21:35:52 +0000