Safe disposal of human excreta is a key factor in avoiding the spread of diarrheal diseases. However, 2.6 billion people globally lack access to proper sanitation. In emergencies sanitation, although a high priority, can often be neglected and can lead to outbreaks of cholera. In-depth training is necessary to raise water and sanitation focused aid workers awareness about the multiple interconnections between technical and social issues, which make sanitation interventions so complex.
This 4 day course was directed at humanitarian and development personnel. Participants should have background/ experience in water & sanitation.
The goal was that by the end of the course participants were able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge about pathogens in faeces
- Demonstrate knowledge about properties of soils (mechanical and with respect to water transport)
- Distinguish between different sanitation technology options, including their advantages & disadvantages
- Effectively deal with contractors and craftsmen
- Demonstrate awareness about gender and other social dimensions of sanitation
- Demonstrate awareness about the complex linkages between technology, education & promotion in sanitation projects (incl. CLTS)
- Reflect upon possible benefits and disadvantages of reusing human excreta
This course was held from 26 - 29 June 2012 in Vienna, Austria. An international group of 21 participants attended the course. Participants were from Austria, Congo DR, Czech Republic, France, Gaza Strip, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Pakistan, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and UK.
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