PATH’s solution is to develop and advance low-cost menstrual management options for girls and women in low-resource settings. Our finding from focus group discussions and literature reviews indicate that girls and women are
interested in disposable products that offer better absorbency and have a cheaper price tag than available options. There are also reusable options (cloth pads and menstrual cups) that can last for several years. These approaches require a higher up-front cost, access to clean water and soap, and thorough drying—resources that are not always available in poor communities. We are currently exploring a hybrid concept (i.e., a combination of a reusable, fluidresistant sleeve with a disposable, absorbent core) to address the growing challenge of disposing of plastic-lined pads and to reduce the cost. This hybrid option could also offer girls and women the flexibility of using a variety of
absorbent materials that are available to them.
- SuSanA News Mail March 2013 online March 19, 2013Dear SuSanA members and partners, This monthly e-mail informs you about the latest news from SuSanA and the SuSanA partners. This e-mail is sent to 3593 subscribers and contains the following topics: 1. Status quo analysis of SuSanA 2008 to 2012 summary now available online 2. Add your voice to the next 5 years of SuSanA 3. The 4C networking campaign 4. Vide […]
- SuSanA News Mail January 2013 online January 31, 2013This monthly e-mail informs you about the latest news from SuSanA and the SuSanA partners. This e-mail is sent to 3681 subscribers and contains the following topics: 1. SuSanA's sixth Anniversary 2. Bill Melinda Gates Foundation grants now open for discussion on SuSanA forum. Join in! 3. The world we want! The post-2015 WASH sub-consultation 4. Make pos […]
- SuSanA News Mail November 2012 online November 22, 2012The monthly news mail informs you about the latest news from SuSanA and the SuSanA partners. For more frequent news updates please visit our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/susana.org (http://www.facebook.com/susana.org) or check the SuSanA discussion forum http://www.forum.susana.org (http://www.forum.susana.org). This monthly e-mail informs you about […]
- FSM2 conference in October 2012 in Durban, South Africa November 16, 2012Read more... (http://www.susana.org/lang-en/conference-and-training-materials/materials-of-conferences/2012-conferences/243-2012-conferences/781-fsm2)
- SuSanA News Mail September 2012 online September 16, 2012The monthly news mail informs you about the latest news from SuSanA and the SuSanA partners. For more frequent news updates please visit our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/susana.org (http://www.facebook.com/susana.org) or check the SuSanA discussion forum http://www.forum.susana.org (http://www.forum.susana.org). This news mail is sent to 3120 subscr […]
- SuSanA News Mail March 2013 online March 19, 2013
- Good question! January 30, 2013The cover of the 10 January issue of The Economist:
- World Toilet Day November 19, 2012Today is World Toilet Day – see here and also ThePublicToilet.com. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in association with Domestos, has released this report which is well worth reading: Toilets for Health.
- No toilet, no bride! November 16, 2012In the UK Daily Mail of 23 October: No toilet? Then no bride − the Indian government's bizarre new campaign to increase indoor lavatories. Well, that’s one way of promoting sanitation!
- Top three toilets? October 31, 2012From the Gates Foundation website (dated 14 August): ‘Bill Gates Names Winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge’:California Institute of Technology in the United States received the $100,000 first prize for designing a solar-powered toilet that generates hydrogen and electricity. Loughborough University in the United Kingdom won the $60,000 second place […]
- Agroforestry and arborloos August 8, 2012In a letter to The Economist (28 July 2012) Tony Simons, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, writes that, to reduce hunger and promote food security in the Sahel, agroforestry is the way forward. As he notes, “Trees provide not only ecological resilience but also cash income, energy, environmental services, fodder for animals and nu […]
- Erdos: “World's biggest eco-toilet scheme fails” July 31, 2012“The dry toilets in Inner Mongolia's Daxing eco-community have been quietly replaced after three years of bad smells, health problems and maggots.” Oops! See the full entry in the Guardian Environment Network (30 July 2012).
- Fossas alternas July 30, 2012IRC has on its website a good photo-sequence on how to build a fossa alterna: “This photo story shows you how to construct a fossa alterna, how to empty it and how to process the compost. After 12−18 months of composting it is safe to empty a fossa alterna toilet and use the compost as fertilizer for your garden soil”. Fossas alternas? Read Peter Morgan’s To […]
- Rural sanitation July 27, 2012What Does It Take to Scale Up Rural Sanitation? by Eduardo Perez and published earlier this month by the Water and Sanitation Program is an important document because, as the report’s webpage says, “Today, 2.5 billion people live without access to improved sanitation. … Of those without access to sanitation, 75 percent live in rural areas [emphasis added].” […]
- The 2011 Pumphandle Lecture July 26, 2012Have a look at the John Snow Society’s 2011 Pumphandle Lecture Epidemiology for the Bottom Billion – where there’s not even a pump handle to remove! by Hans Rosling who’s a professor at the Karolinska Institute and also chairman of the Gapminder Foundation. An excellent lecture. Check out the Gapminder videos − you’ll find some pretty stunning ones!Who’s Joh […]
- Global WatSan costs July 26, 2012WHO published in May this year Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage by Dr Guy Hutton. Here’s the Overview from the WHO webpage for the report:This report updates previous economic analyses conducted by the World Health Organization, using new WSS coverage rates, costs o […]
- Good question! January 30, 2013
- Re: Reed, Cana or Papyrus? - by: bohrahs May 22, 2013Christoph, Thanks for the link. The reed species I believe is Phargmites Karka, the common reed found here. The plant with red and yellow flowers is Canna. Wanted to know which plant is better for a Horizontal Flow CW, Phargmites Karka or Canna? Also are there any tested mechanical methods to increase aeration in a HFCW, like vertical pipes or something? Tha […]
- Re: Black soldier fly for sanitation - by: Roshan May 21, 2013Hi Bijorn, Can we plan to test BSF in Bangladesh ? Pls advise. Roshan
- Post doctoral Research Fellow - thermal or liquid separation processes - by: ChrisBuckley May 21, 2013POST DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP - thermal or liquid processing technology related to excreta processing A position (15 months) will soon become available for applicants that have recently completed their PhD with research experience in thermal processing or liquid separation processing (microfiltration, nanofiltration, forward osmosis) with the Pollution R […]
- Re: Black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) as a product from productive sanitation and for faecal sludge management - by: ChrisBuckley May 21, 2013Greetings Ian While in South Africa I suggest you make a trip to Durban to visit the activities of the eThekwini Municipality in their sanitation roll-out. When back in London look up ELISA Roma at LSHTM as she is very knowledgable about activities in Durban. Chris Buckley Pollution Research Group Durban
- Re: Developing fortified excreta pellets for use in agriculture project (IWMI, Ghana) - by: Ekane May 21, 2013Dear Funke and Josiane, Ruth Cottingham has sent comments and questions regarding your project. She wrote: “The Pollution Research Group at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is currently working on another Gates-funded project to carry out an economic evaluation of another pelletising process (LaDePa) for faecal sludge. A spreadsheet-based model is being devel […]
- Movie on UDDT by WECF and partners - by: CWendland May 21, 201310 years ago, the first ecosan toilet was constructed by WECF and the local partners in Garla Mare, Romania, and is still working well and appreciated by the children, teachers and the community. Since we had no experience, it was an outdoor urine diverting dry toilet constructed in the yard of the school. With growing expertise, we realised that the UDDT ca […]
- Using BSFL for pit latrine waste management - by: ianb1981 May 21, 2013Hi All, I am a PhD student with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, currently working in South Africa with Stellenbosch University and BioCycle (see Cobus's post above). My research is concentrating on the efficiency of BSFL at consuming pit latrine waste extracted from dry latrines in South Africa. I have recently collected approximatel […]
- Re: Toilet System for Waste Separation and Dewaterization (TU Delft, The Netherlands) - by: jansengerwin May 21, 2013Dear Kim Andersson, Thanks for your positive reply! Regarding your questions about the system that is introduced above, I have to inform you that this was just one of the proposals we have been working on. We're likely rejecting urine diversion as well as the technologies described for drying and water treatment. Anyway, I'll try to answer your que […]
- Re: What is Terra Preta Sanitation (TPS) all about? Hype or ingenious? - by: JKMakowka May 21, 2013Ok, maybe it is a bit off-topic but there is an alternative interesting take on the idea of acidic fecal sludge treatment and soil supplements with biochar: Wood "vinegar", especially bamboo "vinegar" (a potential side product of charcoal production) is a known antibacterial and antifungal substance already used for composting of pig-manu […]
- Re: Reed, Cana or Papyrus? - by: bohrahs May 22, 2013
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