A new publication titled “Sustainable and Safe School Sanitation – How to provide hygienic and affordable sanitaiton in areas without a functioning wastewater system” is now available online (PDF; 4.4MB) from WECF (Women in Europe for a Common Future).
“School sanitation is an important but often neglected issue for public health. Children are most vulnerable and affected by poor sanitation conditions. Related diseases, particularly diarrhoea and parasite infections hinder the children´s physical and intellectual development. In a number of countries, evaluations have shown that pupils are dropping out of school due to bad toilet conditions.
This publication gives background on what are important issues to make school sanitation sustainable and success stories. The focus is on urine diverting dry school toilet (UDDT) systems …(which)…offer high quality and comfort. Because of the separation technology in the toilet device, these toilets do not smell or attract flies. For the operation, no water is used for flushing. Water is however needed for the hand washing facilities which are always included in the projects.
This publication is in particular intended for school directors and teachers, administration employees, engineers, architects and construction workers from the field and NGOs.”
The 28-paged publication contains examples from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.
As admin and co-editor of the GTZ ecosan newsletter – a quarterly newsletter on ecological and sustainable sanitation – I am pleased to announce the publication of the latest edition no. 32 from July 2009.
Highlights of this release are the translation into French – done by our colleague and dear friend Dr. Abdoulaye Fall from Paris/Dakar – which will hopefully also reach those from Francophone countries. The newsletter currently has 3.960 subscribers from all over the world
The newsletter is available for download as a PDF file (English or French, 0.4 MB) and may also be subscribed to on this page (which also offers other interesting GTZ newsletters). An archive of previous editions is also available on the website of the GTZ ecosan program.
Based on the results of field research and experience gathered by implementing ecosan systems at Valley View University (VVU) in Accra, Ghana, nutshell guidelines have been developed jointly by the University of Hohenheim, Berger Biotechnik and VVU as part of the “Re-use of Ecological Sanitation Products in Tropical Agriculture (RESPTA)”-project.
These 2-page guidelines focus on the operators and users of the different installations, to improve acceptance, maintenance and safety.
Further publications from RESPTA are available here.
BORDA announced in their DEWATS newsletter (March 2009) an interesting new tool for decentralised wastewater treatment solutions (DEWATS). According to BORDA, the service packages includes not simply the construction of hardware but a whole set of integrated measures which are combined according to demand. The following topics are covered:
• School Based Sanitation
• Community Based Sanitation
• Emergency Sanitation
• Sanitation for Hospitals & Hotels
• Sanitation for Agro-Industry
• Sanitation for Prisons
• Real Estate Sanitation
• Sludge Treatment Plant
• Health Impact Assessment & Hygiene Education
• Sanitation Mapping
• Capacity Development
As admin and co-editor of the GTZ ecosan newsletter – a quarterly newsletter on ecological and sustainable sanitation – I am pleased to announce the publication of the latest edition no. 31 from April 2009.
The German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) recently introduced a new newsletter mailing tool which enables the ecosan program within GTZ to refocus on the actual content of each newsletter and at the same time highlight some sustainable sanitation projects that are partly funded by the German government and other donors.
The newsletter is available for download as a PDF file (0,4 MB) and may be subscribed to on this page (which also offers other interesting GTZ newsletters). An archive of previous editions is also available on the (relaunched) website of the GTZ ecosan program.