SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:54:32 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Break the Silence Join the Discourse on Menstrual Management Conference August 12 – 14, 2014 - by: sekuma Background
NETWAS Uganda, Uganda WASH Alliance, IRC and SNV are glade to invite you to the Uganda Conference on Menstrual Management on August 12 – 14, 2014. The conference venue is Africana Hotel Kampala, Kampala, Uganda.

It is a moment to dialogue where water, hygiene and sanitation professionals will explore how to achieve healthier, affordable and better results in menstrual management in schools, institutions and communities. One half this entails learning what water, hygiene and sanitation professionals have achieved in menstrual hygiene management, how they have achieved it, what challenges hinder progress in menstrual management and how they cope or override these challenges. The other half of the conference focuses on demonstrative menstrual hygiene management innovations as well as how innovative ways that integrate government, community, the private sector and market can best be utilized to champion menstrual management.
Registration is open starting May 5th 2014 and will close on August 4th, 2014. If you have any questions about the conference, please feel free to contact Peter Kabagambe, NETWAS (U): This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Aims of the Conference: Promote Menstrual Management Awareness & Advocacy
The primary target audiences are the different partners that want to see menstrual management concerns addressed both at institutional and community levels. These include NGOs, Embassies, Business Development Services (BDS) partners, donors, UN agencies, government line Ministrys’ of Health, Water, Gender and Education, local government and regulatory partners, private sector partners, and social investors. There is a need to bring these groups together to share, reflect, and set the menstrual management agenda as well as fast track interventions and advocacy initiatives. This exchange of ideas and discourse aims to be a unique multi-stakeholder meeting to get to the bottom of important undertakings required in attaining menstrual management.

Conference Theme: Break the Silence Join the Discourse on Menstrual Management
Break the Silence Join the Discourse on Menstrual Management is about Break the Silence on Menstrual Management. The menstrual management conference is organized according to several sub themes which are proposed below; with papers which will be sifted by a team of experts. These papers are to be presented and will feed into the conference dialogue and discussion with moderation from menstrual management experts drawn from the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. After these initial presentations, discussions will ensue followed by moderation viewpoints and finally the display of practical perspectives for participant’s uptakes. These discussions are to be oriented towards skill and knowledge transfer for participants. Participants should leave the conference with sufficient knowledge to continue the discourse and action on menstrual management promotion as well as ideas to put to test.

Paper Themes

• Local solutions to Menstrual Management (Managing the Cramps and Grumps; Sustainable menstrual hygiene management & Managing the dilemma’s of reuse and disposal).
• Policy and legal environment on menstrual management
• Menstrual hygiene management in the school environment
• Menstrual hygiene management in institutions
• Putting an affordable price tag to menstrual hygiene management

Call for Paper submissions
The call for paper opens starting May 5th, 2014 and closes on May 31,2014. All papers should be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the keywords MHM CONFERENCE UGANDA PAPER SUBMISSION noted in the email subject line. Papers should not exceed 4 pages and should contain an abstract as well as the sub theme from which the papers draw its content. A title, author’s names, designation, email and telephone contact are required. The APA style of referencing is mandatory.

Authors selected to present in the conference will meet their own travel and accommodation cost.
Conference Guide
Conference Attendee may which to reside in the following place while in Kampala.

Hotel African is located where the conference will take is located in Kampala on Jinja road as indicated in the map below: For more information the following web link may be checked

The link below provides a list of hotels in Kampala and a guide of indicative rates with further information available on the respective websites.

Taxi cabs are available for transportation. A taxi cab from Entebbe International Airport to Kampala will be approximately US$40. Taxi cab rates within Kampala will vary but a very rough approximation will be US$ 10 for every 7km.

Exchange Rates
The exchange rate for the US dollar to the Uganda Shilling is currently $1 equivalent to 2,500 Uganda Shillings. Forex bureaus are available to exchange all internationally accepted currencies.

Visa Information
Visas can be obtained on arrival at the Entebbe International Airport. Detailed information on this is available on the link below:

Call to Action, Sponsorship, and Registration
This invitation is a call for sponsors, experts, and participants. We call upon partners interested in promoting menstrual management to offer staff and experts to this meeting. If you would like to become a sponsor or lead a session please contact Peter Kabagambe, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .. This event is free to attend but you must provide your own transport and accommodation to Uganda.]]>
Events Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:44:49 +0000
Re: Ubuntu-SAN: Point-of-use dry sanitation and sludge beneficiation micro-entrepreneurship model - by: canaday
This is a very interesting concept.

The name Ubuntu is likely in reference to the South African solidarity concept, "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity" (Wikipedia), but is it also a reference to the Linus software of the same name, because this technology will be equally open-source?

A few comments and questions:

1) Feces are different from sludge and I think you are referring to feces.
2) How does compost come from this system if the feces are converted into biochar?
3) The reflector seems very expensive. Is it stainless steel? Could aluminum beverage cans, TetraPak cartons or computer CDs be used, as low-cost, sustainable alternatives?
4) Is there an Archimedes screw in the thin tube at the focal line? If so, what drives it?
5) I am surprised that the air does not heat up appreciably at mid-day where you are. I am also surprised that the outlet temperature is so independant of inlet and mid-point temperatures.
6) It does seem like a good idea to make the fecal cartridge larger, so it does not fill too quickly.
7) What is the overall price of this system? (Sorry if I missed that somewhere).
It would be great to see more detail on this system.

Good luck and keep up the good work. We look forward to seeing more of your progress here on the Forum.

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday]]>
Processing technologies for excreta or faecal sludge Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:39:21 +0000
Re: Black soldier fly (BSF) larvae for faecal sludge reduction - research in South Africa (with the company Agriprotein) - by: stevensugden
Its good to see the BSF process thriving. They are certainly fascinating wee little beasties.

We are interested in setting up BSF colonies in Uganda and India and I also think that this may be the most difficult part of the process. Can you provide your top 10 tips on setting up a colony - size of breeding cage, food, egg traps, numbers, humidity, etc

Productive sanitation blog or experiences Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:25:31 +0000
Climate Foundation presenting on Susana Webinar April 29th - by: Lauratalsma
In case you have been following this thread and are interested in the progress of our research project, then the upcoming webinar number 7 on “Adding missing links in sanitation value chains” could be interesting for you:

Our presentation is entitled:

Community-scale facility to process faeces and faecal sludge into safe biochar by pyrolysis – field testing this year with Sanergy in Nairobi

The webinar will take place on:

Tuesday 29 April 2014, 16:30 - 17:15
(CET - Central European Time; time converter to find your local time:

More details of the webinar, which has three presenters, are available here on the forum:

There is no need to download any software to attend (simply go to this website: However, you must obtain the password to enter the room. To obtain the password, please e-mail Elisabeth von Muench: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We look forward to meeting you at the webinar and answering any questions you may have. If you have questions about the content of the research before the webinar, please put them here on the forum.


Brian and Laura]]>
Resource recovery from excreta or faecal sludge Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:45:18 +0000
Climate Foundation & partners show biochar reactor prototype at the Reinvent the Toilet fair in Delhi - by: Lauratalsma
During the fair, many interested visitors could take a look at the processing technology from close by. Human waste simulant provided by the Gates Foundation was dried at the belt drying system, and charred in the biochar reactor.

Currently, the reactor is further integrated, tested and improved in our workshop in Bangalore, before being shipped off to Nairobi for trials later in the year.

Take a look at our videos from the fair and technology introduction!

Complete system overview, R&D activities, lab research at Sanergy/Cornell and market research in Kenya:

Brian explaining the system at the Delhi fair:

Hamish showing the system at the Delhi fair

Some photos attached below and here:

Shipping container containing community-scale pyrolysis reactor (the blue shipping container houses the drying unit). Odour control units (filled with biochar) at the top of the container. by Sustainable sanitation, on Flickr

Pyrolysis reactor on display by Sustainable sanitation, on Flickr]]>
Resource recovery from excreta or faecal sludge Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:04:29 +0000
Job offer : Rural sanitation and fecal sludge management specialist, Ghana. - by: ben
Egis Eau – a water and sanitation engineering company based in France – has been involved in a number of rural / small town WASH projects in Ghana over the past 10 years. We’re currently looking for a sanitation and faecal sludge management specialist, with a solid technical background and good leadership skills.

Position: Technical Expert in sanitation and fecal sludge management
Application deadline: 10th may
Interviews conducted: As applications are received
Position timeframe: Sept 2014 – January 2015 (with possible transition into further phases of the project)
Location: Ghana (based in Accra)
Position Description: The expert will coordinate a research project investigating current sanitation technologies in rural areas and small towns of Ghana, with a focus on faecal sludge management. The objective of the project is to develop pilot technologies and innovative management models for faecal sludge management in rural areas and small towns in Ghana. The expert will provide technical input, but also coordinate institutional dialogue and participate to the development of innovative management models for sanitation and fecal sludge management in rural areas of Ghana, taking into account financial and social constraints. A minimum of 5 years of experience on similar projects is required.
Type of contract: Consultant. Remuneration package will depend on the level of experience

Please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information

Best regards,]]>
Jobs and internships Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:02:38 +0000
Re: Conversion of human waste into biochar using pyrolysis at a community-scale facility in Kenya (Stanford University and Climate Foundation, USA and Kenya) - by: FranzH
i think much of the beauty of biochar in this type of Sanitation Sevices lies i two more aspects:

- biochar for agriculture can contribute to urine treatment which will also upgrade its properties for agriculture where you prefer a nutient loaded sponge over an empty buffer.

- biochar is also a potential additive to faces in UDDT and can be mixed with sawdust or ash to improve safe handling and other aspects.

Resource recovery from excreta or faecal sludge Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:01:54 +0000
Low-cost sanitation for emergencies - Aerosan in New Delhi - by: muench
Thanks for your post, good to see you back on the forum! These two videos are well worth watching, I think you have some very nifty, low-cost design ideas there for light-weight mobile toilets for emergency settings (trialled in Haiti). I really admire your enthousiasm which comes out clearly in the videos - and boy, was it a hot day! We were sweltering in that heat in March in Delhi (no shade!).

For those without access to Youtube, I provide here some photos from the exhibit.

Here is the link to the album on flickr:

And here are some example photos from that album:

Some important people visiting exhibit of Aerosan (Chris Elias from BMGF on the left) by Sustainable sanitation, on Flickr

The exhibit of Aerosan (Andrew Larsen) by Sustainable sanitation, on Flickr

The exterior of each toilet unit is made from re-purposed vinyl billboard fabric. by Sustainable sanitation, on Flickr

Four-toilet array with ventilation pipe by Sustainable sanitation, on Flickr]]>
User interface Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:37:18 +0000
What makes sanitation and hygiene happen? 8th-9th May 2014 Kampala - by: sekuma 2-day meeting within the research project ‘Multi-level Sanitation and Hygiene Policy and Practice: a Comparative Study in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania’

NETWAS Uganda in partnership with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Water Aid are organizing a two-day regional meeting in Kampala, Uganda on the 8th and 9th of May 2014. This meeting is part of a Sanitation Governance project that investigates the factors that ‘make sanitation and hygiene happen’ at different levels of society in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Objective of meeting:
To bring together sanitation and hygiene experts and decision-makers operating at different levels of society and playing different roles within the sanitation sector to discuss and share experiences on factors and strategies that ‘make sanitation happen’.
Structure of meeting: The meeting will consist of two sessions: a workshop and a writeshop.
Target audience:
Participants will consist of a mix of donors (such as UNICEF and GIZ); relevant Ministries (e.g. Water and Environment and Health); NGOs and CSO Networks; Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and National Water and Sewerage Cooperation, since the research covers peri-urban areas as well; District Local Governments; as well as some research institutions (e.g. Makerere University and NARO) working on sanitization and use of human excreta, chemical and animal manure.]]>
Events Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:05:09 +0000
Low-cost sanitation for emergencies - Aerosan in New Delhi - by: Andrew
Andrew, Hana, Dave, Attilus

My interview about project story (questions asked by Elisabeth):

In this video you can see me giving a guided tour of our exhibit (it was a hot day with little shade!!):

Short description copied from Technical Guides (;type=2&id=2001), page 5:

Aerosan: Low-Cost Sanitation
for Emergencies

Aerosan has developed a four-toilet array as well as a
separate single-unit cubicle. Key to the design is the
use of enhanced passive ventilation for both control of
odors and also drying of excreta. The material can be
subsequently composted. The low-cost construction
approach using re-purposed vinyl billboard fabric allows
for a large plenum (a space provided for air circulation
and venting), which, driven by a Venturi is able to move
more air through the system than would normally be
available in a typical 4” (100 mm) vent pipe. The design
puts the outlet of the plenum 15’ (4.3 m) above the
ground, so odors are released at a higher elevation than
typical vented toilet cubicles.

Several units have been deployed for field testing in Haiti
and are operating at a high level.

The unit shown at the Delhi toilet fair is fully functional
and will be an improved design from the one shown
at the first toilet fair in Seattle in 2012. Design
improvements have focused on reducing the weight, cost,
and improving the wall and plenum structures. Also,
the whole design will be available in kit form for use in

How it works

The primary technical feature of this toilet is the design
of a passive ventilation system which draws more air
than is necessary for simple odor control. In this way,
a degree of drying takes place which reduces volume
accumulation of excreta and thus increases the number
of users that can use the system per maintenance
period. Ventilation is both wind and solar-driven, but all
User interface Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:54:52 +0000
Re: Should shared sanitation services be considered 'improved' sanitation? (and MDG implications) - by: JKMakowka Upscaling, sanitation governance, institutional aspects, sanitation policies Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:00:41 +0000 Youtube Playlist of 2014 videos on fecal sludge management - by: campbelldb]]> Faecal sludge management Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:18:21 +0000 Re: Black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) as a product from productive sanitation and for faecal sludge management - by: agarner Productive sanitation blog or experiences Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:57 +0000 Re: Grant for piloting innovation on non-sewer sanitation - by: Roshan

Thanks !

PDA = Pilot and Demonstration Activities

ADB and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have allocated $2 million for ADB’s Facility for Pilot and Demonstration Activities (PDA) to support pilot testing of innovative ideas on non-networked sanitation and septage management. Funding will come from the $15 million Sanitation Financing Partnership Trust Fund created by ADB and the Foundation in 2013.]]>
Information on the BMGF sanitation grants and webinars Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:03:19 +0000
Re: should shared sanitation services be considered 'improved' sanitation? - by: muench can be better than nothing (or better than open defecation).

Just think of the acclaimed Sanergy model with shared (public) sanitation... (

So I do think that "shared sanitation" should have some sort of impact on the MDG counting for sanitation.

This has been discussed at length by the working groups that have been discussing possible MDGs after the year 2015. See here in this thread from 2012:

In fact, recently I received the attached document by Eddy Perez entitled "WASH POST-2015: proposed targets and indicators for drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene" (April 2014). In there you find the following statement which sounds reasonable to me:

Each of the following sanitation facility types is
considered as basic sanitation for monitoring
progress toward the household sanitation
targets, if the facility is shared among no more
than 5 families or 30 persons
, whichever is
fewer, and if the users know each other

It's a nice compromise: "shared" would be counted but only if not shared with too many people, and not shared with strangers.

Actually I am not up to scratch where this process with the future MDGs or SDGs is at right now (see here on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs:

If anyone can enlighten us (Jonathan? Madelein? Chris Z.?), that would be appreciated.

Upscaling, sanitation governance, institutional aspects, sanitation policies Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:06:01 +0000