SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:33:32 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Magazine: Africa Water Sanitation & Hygiene March - April 2017 Vol.12 No.2 Now Available - by: mwaniki Africa Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

This is the March - April 2017 Vol.12 No.2 edition. You may view this edition via this link . You can also download a pdf version via

Comments are welcome.

Kind regards Steven Mwaniki]]>
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GIZ 50th Sustainable Sanitation Newsletter (February 2017) - by: Doreen
Kindly note that the GIZ Sustainable Sanitation newsletter is out! Please follow the link below to download the Newsletter(in english and french).

The 50th newsletter focuses on “gender and sanitation” and presents to you a number of gender-related contributions from a range of projects that have implemented a gender sensitive approach. There is also a special article highlighting the SuSanA anniversary which took place in Eschborn, Germany on the 17th of January 2017.

Enjoy the Newsletter!

Best regards,

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If you have a toilet, you are blessed. (blog post from Nigeria) - by: kocsy
As a blogger, I am concerned. As youth activist, I am worried. Worried on how to add up and change lives. Young people ought not to grow without a toilet for once.

So I wrote and blog about it here. Click below link and read]]>
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If you have a toilet, you are blessed. - by: kocsy

If you are reading this post and you have a toilet, you are blessed. Because so many do not have, and wish they do. Do you know that 1 in 3 people world wide don’t a have proper toilet? Could you take out time to appreciate your toilet? Imagine if you hadn’t the mess and diseases this would have caused you. In reality, over 2.5 billion people globally do not have access to toilet and the number is increasing everyday. I am thinking of the effect of diseases emanating from open defecation to the poor with the inherent expensive health care service delivery. I am thinking if it will not be sensible to tackle open defecation head-on and provide toilets to people to reduce new infection and diseases, rather than Government and donor agencies interventions; for provision of health care treatment to diseased, when the disease can be curtailed from the root. To me, provision of toilet facilities to the people is cheaper than provision of health care treatment, no matter how we look at it at the long run.

Nigeria is one of the most failing countries in the world on access to sanitation. Available data record Nigeria showing worsening trends – with a disheartening and steady decline in the number of people with access to improved sanitation facilities and increase in open defecation. In fact, in urban areas vis a viz where there are slums, the number of people defecating in open has more than double over the past 25 years and will continue if we do nothing about it. So many people lack access to water and sanitation especially, the most vulnerable in the society which include children and women, the elderly and people with disability.

Water and sanitation situation in slums are extremely poor and is deepened by poverty. Poor sanitation, access to clean water affects their health ignorantly and has recorded high number deaths especially among the vulnerable children and women than any other. Lack of access to information about sanitation could be traced to the root of the problem, and which is threatening to eliminate more lives.

At schools in slums, are no toilets and if they do are in terrifying state. I am aware that one of the main reasons why school enrollment or population usually drops at schools is lack of toilet facilities. Girls are worst hit by this. Imagine how a new toilet facilities can motivate young people to come to school, and then you will know that we have so much work to do. Think about it, how much is it to build a toilet? And consider why toilet should make children drop out of school. How much illiteracy will cost us and younger generation, because of toilet?

It is on record that 110 million Nigerians do not have access to toilet and that is huge from the nation’s population of 180 million. Of truth, toilet is a big problem in Nigeria, but this issue is overlooked and is not brought to the fore. I learn that there is a frame work to eliminate open defecation in Nigeria by 2025. The frame work based on projection from 2009-2017, is expected to at least make toilet accessible to 118 million between 2015 and 2025. And make Nigeria open defecation free by 2025. But that’s a tall dream.

And is my dream to take toilet education and hygiene to schools in my local communities in Nigeria. I wish you share this dream. We ca make a difference.

Please note: This post is from my blog at]]>
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New WEDC films on water sampling and analysis - by: Rod NEW! WATER SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS – A series of four films]]>
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WEDC Mobile Notes on WASH – for smartphones and tablets - by: Rod NEW: WEDC MOBILE NOTES ON WASH for smartphones and tablets

This collection of illustrated mobile notes on aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in low- and middle-income countries has been designed for people on the move.

Composed especially for smartphones and tablets, they can be read online or downloaded free of charge.

The link takes you to the list of currently available titles including the WHO Technical Notes on Drinking-water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Emergencies.

Bookmark the link on your phone as the list updates periodically when new notes are added to the collection.]]>
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Submission of abstracts for ENPHO Magazine - by: bipin
Established on 4th November 1990, Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO) is a service oriented, scientific, national non- governmental organization based in Nepal that is contributing to sustainable community development by combining research, action and support in the areas of environment and public health. ENPHO develops and promotes eco-friendly technologies such as water treatment options, Rain Water Harvesting, ECOSAN toilets and waste water treatment through reed bed systems. ENPHO promotes integrated community based approaches for safe water, sustainable sanitation, solid waste management, hygiene behavior, improving indoor air, and environmental and air quality monitoring for creating healthy and environmental friendly societies. Knowledge-based education, trainings and advocacy campaigns are provided that help achieving ENPHO’s mission.

On the occasion of World Water Day 2017, we are planning to publish "ENPHO Magazine". Following are the key objectives of the ENPHO magazine:
  • To document and disseminate research results, and lessons learned in the sector of WASH, environment and public health
  • To disseminate information on innovations, approaches and technologies
  • To improve knowledge management and disseminate information on WASH, environment and public health

National/International Target Audiences:
  • Program implementers
  • Policy/Decision makers
  • Researchers
  • Academicians

In align with the main theme of International World Water Day 2017 i.e. "Wastewater", following key themes for papers for ENPHO Magazine 2017 have been identified:
  • Wastewater Management
  • Faecal Sludge Management
  • Solid and Medical Waste Management

We are expecting the research articles, strong case studies including lessons learnt that can be useful for the sector. We don't want to include mere project descriptions, activities and news. We have announced "Call for the Paper" in our website I have attached the call for the paper including the guidelines for the submission herewith this email for your kind convenience. Even though the deadline for the submission of the abstracts was 7 Feb. 2017, we are extending the deadline till 13 Feb. 2017. Therefore, we welcome the submission from you and/or someone from your organizations on the relevant themes. We'd like to kindly request you all to circulate this announcement within your network as well.

Please feel free to email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for any query.

Thank you very much!

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Recently published reports and other resources on fecal sludge management - by: campbelldb Sanitation Updates. If you have other new or recent studies or resources that should be added, please let me know.

4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference (FSM4), February 19-23, Chennai, India. FSM4 will focus on innovative and practical solutions that can be scaled up, including three tracks: research, case studies, and industry and exhibition.

Sanitation Service Delivery (SSD) Program – Ghana, Ivory Coast and Benin. Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, November 2016. SSD is a USAID/West Africa urban sanitation project implemented in Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, and Ghana. The project aims to improve sanitation outcomes through developing and testing scalable, market-based models that contribute to structural change within the region’s sanitation sector. Several posts to this forum discuss the SSD program and provide links to SSD’s reports and webinars.

Fecal Sludge Management Tools. The World Bank, June 2016. The World Bank has developed some tools to diagnose fecal sludge management (FSM) status and to guide decisionmaking. These tools do not provide predefined solutions, as the many variables and stakeholders involved demand interventions that are specific to each city and should be seen within the context of integrated urban water management.

Faecal Waste Flow Calculator. IRC WASH, 2016. The tool is developed to determine fecal waste volumes along the entire service chain, allowing city planners, service authorities, or any other users to determine where the biggest losses are and where interventions should be targeted. Less easily quantifiable issues such as the existence of policies and legislation, availability and transparency of plans and budgets, and presence and adherence to environmental and safety standards are captured with the use of score cards.

Fecal Sludge Management in Madagascar. WASHplus, March 2016. This video discusses how USAID’s WASHplus project engaged the international NGO Practica to design and pilot a private-sector service delivery model to sustainably manage fecal sludge generated in the peri-urban area of Ambositra using low-cost decentralized technologies.

2016 WEDC Conference Presentations on Fecal Sludge Management. Sanitation Updates, August 2016. This post has links to each of the eight WEDC 2016 conference presentations on fecal sludge management, topics include analysis of fecal sludge collection efficiency and overcoming capacity gaps in fecal sludge management through education and training.

Smaller is Better when Investing in Fecal Sludge Management in Asia. Asian Development Blog, August 2016. This article discusses small wastewater projects that differ from the bank’s traditional approach of focusing on developing bigger centralized systems that involve large, extensive wastewater networks and infrastructure.

Is There Fecal Sludge on Your Salad? IWA Network, January 2017. This article discusses the Sanitation Safety Planning tool that helps optimize the reuse of wastewater, grey water, and excreta.

SFD toolbox. Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, January 2017. An excreta flow diagram (also often described as shit flow diagram, SFD) is a tool to readily understand and communicate visualizing how excreta physically flows through a city or town.

Assessing Public Health Risks from Unsafe Fecal Sludge Management in Poor Urban Neighborhoods: What Does SaniPath Tell Us about Exposure to Fecal Contamination in 12 Neighborhoods in 3 Cities? Sanipath, August 2016. This presentation compares the latest results of the SaniPath Study from three different study sites: Accra, Ghana; Vellore, India; and Maputo, Mozambique, and discusses the reliability of the SaniPath Tool data.]]>
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The Africa Water, Sanitation & Hygiene January - February 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1 - by: mwaniki
This is the January - February 2016 Vol.11 No.1 edition. You may view this edition via this link . You can also download a pdf version via

Comments are welcome.

Kind regards Steven Mwaniki]]>
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Posts to Sanitation Updates, January 15-31, 2017 - by: campbelldb Sanitation Updates. If you would be interested in writing a blog post on Sanitation Updates about your organization's innovative approach or research on sanitation issues please contact Cor Dietvorst of IRC or me.

- Characterization of pit latrines to support design and selection of emptying tools in peri-urban Mzuzu, Malawi January 31, 2017
- Letter from India: How Poop is Becoming Big Business for Small Companies January 31, 2017
- SFD toolbox – Sustainable Sanitation Alliance January 30, 2017
- The Role of WASH in Healthcare Settings to Reduce Transmission of Antimicrobial...
- Sanitation from a gender perspective – Sandec/Eawag January 27, 2017
- Shit Flow Diagrams – Sandec/Eawag January 27, 2017
- Kenya – Entrepreneur who makes building materials from waste January 27, 2017
- 12 Cartoons to Learn About Critical Water Issues – World Bank January 27, 2017
- Study links infant diarrhea to telomere shortening and troubles later in life January 27, 2017
- Recent WASH research January 25, 2017
- Unsafe Child Feces Disposal is Associated with Environmental Enteropathy and Impaired Growth
- E-Waste In Asia Jumps 63 Percent In Five Years January 23, 2017
- Understanding Open Defecation in Rural India: Untouchability, Pollution, and Latrine Pits
- Toilets with plastic bottles? IIT-Madras students show the way January 23, 2017
- Exploring “The Remote” and “The Rural”: Open Defecation and Latrine Use in Uttarakhand, India
- WWi – Top 25 leaders in the water sector January 20, 2017
- Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, Early Proofs, January 2017 January 19, - Aditi Gupta Is Breaking Menstrual Taboos Through Her Comic Book Guide, Menstrupedia January 19, - UNESCO funds Dunedin shadow puppet film in Indonesia about hygiene January 18, 2017
- USAID’s Global Waters – January 2017 January 18, 2017]]>
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Recent WASH research - by: campbelldb Sanitation Updates.

Estimating the Cost and Payment for Sanitation in the Informal Settlements of Kisumu, Kenya: A Cross Sectional Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, January 2017. This study aimed to estimate the cost of sanitation and investigated the social and economic dynamics within Kisumu’s informal settlements that hinder provision and uptake of sanitation facilities.

WASH’Nutrition: A Practical Guidebook on Increasing Nutritional Impact through Integration of WASH and Nutrition Programs. ACF International, January 2017. This operational guidebook demonstrates the importance of both supplementing nutrition programs with WASH activities and adapting WASH interventions to include nutritional considerations (i.e., making them more nutrition-sensitive and impactful on nutrition). It has been developed to provide practitioners with usable information and tools so that they can design and implement effective WASH and nutrition programs.

A Mobile Platform Enables Unprecedented Sanitation Uptake in Zambia. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, January 2017. Akros, in partnership with Zambia’s Ministry of Local Government and Housing and UNICEF, has developed an innovative community-led total sanitation (CLTS) monitoring system called CLTS M2W. It uses mobile phones and engagement of traditional leaders to provide communities with the ability to clearly see their progress toward sanitation goals. CLTS M2W paved the way for unprecedented CLTS uptake in Zambia, facilitating the creation of over 1,500,000 new users of sanitation in 18 months.

Measuring Global Water Security towards Sustainable Development Goals. Environmental Research Letters, December 2016. In this study, the authors present a spatial multi-criteria analysis framework to provide a global assessment of water security. The selected indicators are based on Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Disposal of Children’s Stools and its Association with Childhood Diarrhea in India. BMC Public Health, January 2017. Researchers found significant statistical association between children’s stool disposal and diarrhea. They conclude that gains in the reduction of childhood diarrhea can be achieved in India through the complete elimination of unsafe disposal of children’s stools.

Place and Child Health: The Interaction of Population Density and Sanitation in Developing Countries. Demography, January 2017. In this study, researchers assessed whether the importance of dense settlement for infant mortality and child height is influenced by exposure to local sanitation behavior.

Towards “Sustainable” Sanitation: Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Areas. Sustainability, December 2016. This paper reviews challenges associated with providing sanitation systems in urban areas and explores ways to promote sustainable sanitation in cities. It focuses on opportunities to stimulate sustainable sanitation approaches from a resource recovery perspective, generating added value to society while protecting human and ecosystem health.

Publications on Water, Sanitation and Health: 2016. WHO, 2016. This page provides links to WHO 2016 reports on quantitative microbial risk assessment, protecting surface water for health, and household water treatment.]]>
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USAID's Safeguarding the World's Water Report - by: campbelldb Sanitation Updates.

USAID announces the release of its Safeguarding the World’s Water report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, documenting the Agency’s water sector activities and sharing progress made during the second year of implementing its Water and Development Strategy.

Highlights of some programs featured in this year’s report:

USAID reached 3.2 million children under 5 with nutrition-specific interventions in Ethiopia, where 30 percent of the people live on less than $1.25 a day and 40 percent of the children suffer from stunting, as of FY 2015.

By the end of FY 2015, working in 50 cities across Indonesia, USAID helped to facilitate improved access to safe piped water for more than 2.5 million people and continues to help more than 300,000 obtain access to improved sanitation facilities.

By FY 2015, in the West Bank and Gaza, Agency support for the construction and maintenance of vital water and sanitation infrastructure included the installation of 900 kilometers of water pipelines connecting 130,000 Palestinians to running water for the first time and improving access to clean water for more than a million people]]>
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Decentralized wastewater systems - new website - by: Decentral]]>
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Stats and posts to Sanitation Updates in November 2016 - by: campbelldb Sanitation Updates. There were page views from 100+ countries and countries with the most page views were:

India - 5,626; USA - 3,815; UK - 814; Philippines - 531; Kenya - 339; Bangladesh - 277.

If you have sanitation topics you would like to see featured on Sanitation Updates, please contact Cor Dietvorst of IRC or me.

Below are titles of the November posts:


- Eight ways to make innovation work for water and sanitation November 29, 2016
- A guide to developing reuse and recycling technologies November 28, 2016
- Gates Foundation – Three Ways to Improve Child Health November 28, 2016
- USAID Announces Partnership with Toilet Board Coalition November 28, 2016
- Sanitation projects will go down the toilet unless we ask people what they really want November 28, 2016
- World Biogas Association Poised to Take a Bite Out of Climate Change.November 23, 2016
- RB, USAID and EY launch Hygiene Index on World Toilet Day November 23, 2016
- Senior Project Manager – Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), SEI Africa Centre November 22, 2016
- Crappy water and the science of sanitation November 22, 2016
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for sustainable Neglected Tropical Disease control November 21, 2016
- Oxfam – Webinar: Tiger worms 4U November 21, 2016
- PLoS journals launch WASH collection November 21, 2016
- Diarrhea 101: Time To Talk About Something We Don’t Usually Talk About November 21, 2016
- November 19 – World Toilet Day 2016 November 18, 2016
- Cheryl Hicks On World Toilet Day – Global Waters Radio November 17, 2016
- Domestic Livestock and Public Health / Animales Domésticos Y Salud Pública November 17, 2016
- Webinar: Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) in Water and Sanitation November 15, 2016
- Household survey: hygiene and sanitation behavior as well as willingness to pay in rural Senega lNovember 14, 2016
- Indian Company Protoprint Transforms Waste into 3D Printing Filament for Commercial Use November 14, 2016
- UC Davis Researchers Streamline Fertilizer Production November 14, 2016
- Recently published sanitation research November 14, 2016
- SuSanA webinar: Improving Wikipedia’s sanitation content for online or offline use – Thurs 24 Nov, 9:00 am CET (Stockholm time) November 10, 2016
- 2016 National Water Research Institute Clarke Prize Award November 10, 2016
- SID DC meeting – Urban Sanitation: Meeting the SDGs for Universal Access by 2030 November 10, 2016
- USAID; IUCN – Viet Nam: Ha Long Bay boat waste collection and treatment November 10, 2016
- Standard For Decentralised Faecal Sludge Treatment In Developing Countries November 10, 2016
- Live Q&A: What is the future of innovation for water and sanitation? November 10, 2016
- USAID Sanitation Service Delivery – Addressing Shared Fecal Sludge Containment Needs in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire November 9, 2016
- WSUP -Webinar: A toilet in every compound – what we’ve learned so far from Kumasi and Accra, Ghana November 9, 2016
- New nanotechnology to produce sustainable, clean water for developing nations – National Science Foundation November 9, 2016
- Meet David Auerbach of Sanergy: Tackling sustainable sanitation in urban slums November 9, 2016
- Guide to Community Engagement in WASH: A practitioner’s guide, based on lessons from Ebola November 9, 2016
- Effects of microplastics in sewage sludge on soils ‘overlooked’November 9, 2016
- Which way’s up? – a closer look at the sanitation ladder November 8, 2016
- The Toxic Legacy of 4.3 Million Flammable Samsung Smartphones November 8, 2016
- Philippines: Results of an end-line evaluation of a large scale UNICEF water, sanitation and hygiene typhoon recovery programme November 8, 2016
- The Perils of Writing about Toilets in India November 8, 2016
- Opinion: Climate change is a threat and an opportunity for water and sanitation November 8, 2016
- Risk Factors for Childhood Stunting in 137 Developing Countries: A Comparative Risk Assessment Analysis at Global, Regional, and Country Levels November 8, 2016
- Sustainable Sanitation Alliance: Grant of $2.7 million to supercharge sustainable sanitation knowledge platform November 4, 2016
- Baby Diaper Market in Middle East and Africa to Grow at an Impressive CAGR of Almost 12% November 2, 2016
- Understanding ‘slippage’ November 1, 2016]]>
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Re: Magazine: Africa Water Sanitation & Hygiene November - December 2016 Vol.11 No.6 Now Available - by: muhoza221
Thank you so much for this magazine which give us an insight into the situation of Water Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa. However, if my eyes and mind serves me well you used Rwandan flag on the case study of Burundi.

I would like you to go back and double check it if it's a mistake kindly correct it.

Thank you so much

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