Paper on "Comparison of Students ́ Acceptance of Conventional and Ecological Sanitation in Rural Schools" - Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

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Paper on "Comparison of Students ́ Acceptance of Conventional and Ecological Sanitation in Rural Schools" - Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

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with WECF and partners, we did an extensive study comparing rural school sanitation - pit latrines and UDDTs in 18 schools in 6 countries: Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan.
A combination of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods was applied: absenteeism data from official school records, a standardized questionnaire, and focus group discussions.
Overall, high acceptance of school toilets can be translated into sanitation conditions providing comfort, cleanliness and privacy. Both male and female students preferred the UDDTs compared to pit latrines in all studied countries. The acceptance is significantly higher in areas where pit latrines are predominant, as in Central Asia, in contrast to Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.
The study highlights the impact poor quality sanitation has on students` fluid intake especially in CA.
Girls benefit more from the intervention, as they suffer more than boys from the inadequate sanitation conditions of the common pit latrines in rural schools.
See full paper here: repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi...&context=wh2ojournal

Thanks to the cooperation with: Emma Anakhasyan, AWHHE, Armenia; Rostom Gamisonia, RCDA, Georgia; Bakyt Askarbekov, UNISON, Kyrgyzstan; Nadia Andreev, Wisdom; Moldova, Anna Tsvetkova, Mama86, Ukraine; Surayo Saidova, ASDPNau, Tajikistan.

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Claudia


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Abstract:

In rural areas of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) without reliable piped water supply,
the conventional school sanitation system – the pit latrine – is leading to hygienic and environmental
problems. Urine diverting dry toilets (UDDT) have been demonstrated to be an alternative, ecological
sanitation solution for rural schools of the EECCA region. This study compares the acceptance, perception
and absenteeism of students at schools served by the two different sanitation systems (ecosan versus pit
latrine), comprising 18 schools in six countries of the region. A combination of quantitative and qualitative
data collection methods was applied: absenteeism data from official school records (only in Eastern Europe
and the Caucasus (EEC), a standardized questionnaire, and focus group discussions (FGDs).Results of the
EEC school records show that the intervention led to a significant decrease in monthly absenteeism; however,
a bigger school sample size is needed to confirm the results. Overall, high acceptance of school toilets can be
translated into sanitation conditions providing comfort, cleanliness and privacy. Both male and female
students preferred the UDDTs compared to pit latrines in all studied countries. The acceptance is significantly
higher inareas where pit latrines are predominant, as in Central Asia (CA), in contrast to EEC. The study
highlights the impact poor quality sanitation has on students` fluid intake especially in CA. Girls benefit more
from the intervention, as they suffer more than boys from the inadequate sanitation conditions of the
common pit latrines in rural schools.

Keywords
acceptance, ecosan, gender-sensitive, MHM, perception, pit latrine, school sanitation, UDDT, WASH


Claudia Wendland
Water and Sanitation Specialist
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Re: Paper on "Comparison of Students ́ Acceptance of Conventional and Ecological Sanitation in Rural Schools" - Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

Thank you for sharing this publication.

You can now find it available on the SuSanA Library here: www.susana.org/en/knowledge-hub/resource...library/details/3582

Best regards,
Paula

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