Faecal Sludge Management in Rural Areas – Building a Decision Tree

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Dear all,

I am pleased to share the decision tree developed as a result of your inputs (and some additional research). Please note, it is highly contextual and as it stands, it applies to India given the peculiarities of local government.

Happy to have your comments.

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Hello, Nitya et al!

This is genuinely excellent.  Wonderful work!  Thank you for putting in the time and effort to create this document.  Now, we have a great way to talk about rural FSM and improve it!

A few notable accolades (many others not mentioned):
- I really like the division of the tree by population density!  This is a great way to think about sanitation in general and helps us focus on the local contextually relevant issues.
- I also really like deep row trenching instructions in dark blue on the left.  This really is the best way to manage FS in sparse rural areas.
- I love that you mentioned "spare capacity" regarding STPs.  This is a big issue that is important to remember.
- I love the Do's and Don't's table!

A few comments/suggestions/talking points:
- Developing local FS standards seems unnecessary.  Why not just adopt ISO or ANSI standards?  They are readily available and internationally accepted by many (most?) countries.
- Red boxes on right: Above "Initiate SBCC for safe FSM practices, and emptying & disposal of FS", I would add "Perform primary research to describe local FSM practices including decision motivators and barriers to desired practices"
- Orange boxes on left: Unfortunately, the WHO standard that says that emptying after 2 years is safe is not accurate in the real world; the pathogens have degraded but are not gone and still pose a public health risk.  I have a small study clearly showing that, and others have as well.  So, I would change "Safely empty compost after 2 years" to "Empty pit with proper PPE with lower health risk".
- Purple boxes on right: Setting up an FSTP and developing all the details of the market and service to support it is a huge undertaking.  I think you highlight the major points in this process, but perhaps we could break these out in more detail using existing documents, like "Faecal Sludge Management: Systems Approach for Implementation and Operation" by Strande et al.  They have a lot of details in there that we could incorporate into this decision tree without adding too much complexity.
- Light blue boxes on right: I don't really understand these boxes because of all of the acronyms used.  Are these acronyms applicable in all contexts?  If not, we should make these boxes more broadly applicable.  Also, we should add a list of acronyms to this page for easy reference.

I would be happy to work on this document if you like.  I would also be happy to chat more with you about these proposed changes.

Thanks for all of your hard work on this!  A true asset to the community.
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Re: Faecal Sludge Management in Rural Areas – Building a Decision Tree

Hi James,

Thank you for the comments. The orange box already says safely empty the pit after 2 years, but we can add PPE to it. For the BCC part, we can add a box on top saying we need to study local FSM practices...

Can you share the link to the study from Strande so we can add it to the diagramme.

The diagramme is peculiar to India given the multiple agencies and sources of finance, which is why some of the acronyms are confusing. They have been dealt with in the discussion and synthesis document. We can add an explanation for them.

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Re: Faecal Sludge Management in Rural Areas – Building a Decision Tree

Hi, Nitya,

I like this decision tree. I am working on FSM as well in China. 

Here is download link from Strande :

Faecal Sludge Management Systems Approach for Implementation and Operation

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Re: Faecal Sludge Management in Rural Areas – Building a Decision Tree

Thank you for your replies, Nitya and Cheng.  All sounds great!  I did not realize that this document was intended only for Indian FSM.  I was reading it from a global perspective and believe that it applies globally with the exception you and I noted of the local acronyms about certain organizations.  I would suggest making the document applicable globally by just replacing the acronyms with their more general descriptions (e.g., provincial level government, local government) and then providing the India-specific acronyms in the explanatory document. 

Thank you very much again!  This is a great addition to the sector.  
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