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 25 - 28 September 2012. An international group of 22 participants attended the course. Participants were from Austria, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Tajikistan, Turkey and UK.
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