Environmental Health Risk Assessment to support City Sanitation Planning

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Environmental Health Risk Assessment to support City Sanitation Planning

Dear SuSanA-City people,

I am excited by the application for Environmental Health Risk Assessment (EHRA) to support city sanitation planning and it's potential as a tool for 'sanitation safety planning'. This is an area that WHO and IWA are both interested in and work is underway to produce a methodology for this purpose. But this is not altogether new as there are however existing experiences such as in Indonesia. For more information, please see :

www.iwawaterwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Arti...AStudyImplementation for more information.

I see this approach providing an "entry point" into the complexities urban sanitation sector insofar as the mean in which local stakeholders can identify where the problems lie (both geographically and the main causal factors); leading to a diagnostic and a discussion about roles and responsibilities in dealing with the problems. (Note that this is different from water safety planning which starts with a better defined system (both physically and institutionally).

We have organised a couple of interested workshops recently. One at the UNC Water and Health conference and one at the IWA Water Safety Planning conference in Kampala. You can see the presentation on IWA's WaterWiki :

www.iwawaterwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Even...tationSafetyPlanning

www.iwawaterwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Even...tationSafetyPlanning

I'd be interested in your feedback on this and any experiences that you have to share.

best regards,

Jonathan

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