New Delhi promised to build hundreds of public toilets for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Only 9 were built, and none of them are functioning. This short report from Al Jazeera’s Sohail Rahman highlights the fact that over 50 per cent of Indians have no access to clean toilets. It focuses on the lack of facilities in India’s growing cities and in schools. The report features rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, the inevitable Bindeshwar Pathak of Sulabh International and UNICEF India’s Suzanne Coates.
- Re: The Clam - A compostable chamber pot. - by: Billy March 9, 2014Chris, thanks for your kind message! I am in Rio de Janeiro, born here of British parents. Live in the sticks, not unlike where the photo you posted. Absolutely no background or training in ecosan, just got interested through composting and reading the humanure handbook and sometimes I wonder what the heck I am doing squatting over a crazy tray in the backya […]
- Re: 12 March -16h00 : SuSanA–WASHtech webinar on Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) - by: tmsinnovation March 9, 2014Thank you Elisabeth for the questions. I can answer a couple of questions. How come SuSanA is hosting this event, did it have any involvement in the WASHtech project, or is it mainly because Skat is a SuSanA partner? Well the WASHtech project had a number of SuSanA partners involved and this is great to see SuSanA partners cooperating and collaborating with […]
- Re: Why is there pathogens in the first place ? - by: KeithBell March 9, 2014Great question, JK. I believe lung-to-gut transmission is "general systemic," as you describe; not a direct path. But gut-to-lung route is small intestine to liver to lungs which is why I believe TB of intestinal origin is largely overlooked by TB experts believing it's all about airborne transmission. They don't believe TB is a sanitatio […]
- Re: Why is there pathogens in the first place ? - by: JKMakowka March 9, 2014KeithBell wrote: Even inhaled through air they reach the small intestine via lungs which is why air pollution is now associated with diabetes. That's right, there are even inhalable microorganisms. Sure, plenty... with Tuberculosis (TB) probably the one that causes the most problems world wide. But I am unaware of a direct path for microorganisms from t […]
- Re: Blog post by Brian Arbogast, Director, WSH Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Debunking Sanitation Myths - by: KeithBell March 9, 2014The real myth is that WWTP effluent, biosolids and septic systems are actually a sanitation solution when they are a major source of microbial and nutrient pollution. Mixing waste with water is akin to deforestation, altering "old growth" ecosystems in bodies and bodies of water.
- Re: Why is there pathogens in the first place ? - by: KeithBell March 9, 2014Ben, what a brilliant question by your 12 year old niece. I think it would help for her to understand a bit about our physiology and the major differences between the small and large intestines. Many "pathogens" aren't necessarily virulent unless they overgrow in the wrong location, usually the small intestine. We need to keep most of our flor […]
- Re: Forum user of the month in March 2014 is FH Mughal from Pakistan! - by: canaday March 9, 2014Hi Mughal, Thank you for this very interesting and important interview. Congratulations on your achievements and good luck on meeting your goals. How is Mughal pronounced? The system you describe of channels that get swept daily sounds horrible. Is there a photo of this on the internet? Who does the sweeping? Is this a full-time job? Wouldn't they prefe […]
- Re: Towards total sanitation workshop report - key findings - by: F H Mughal March 9, 2014Dear Cor, Thank you for sharing a very interesting publication. The four findings perfectly reflect actual sanitation scenario, quite often in a developing country. It is a good strategy for sanitation scale-up. However, I would like to add one more point, and that is: Desirable, or affordable, sanitation (if the outlook is broad enough), or toilets (if we l […]
- Re: Blog post by Brian Arbogast, Director, WSH Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Debunking Sanitation Myths - by: christoph March 9, 2014Dear Cor, thanks for posting the study of Hall and Lobina. I did not know this study. This study the classical example, on how to do a good and well thought study, but unfortunately based on the wrong assumption. To make it easier to the people to follow the argument I will cite some aspects of the study, but it is worth reading it, although the base is wron […]
- Re: The power of Cartoons on International Women's Day - by: tina March 9, 2014Thank you Trevor, this really nails it! Happy women's day to all the great women, mothers, daughters, girls, out there!
- Re: The Clam - A compostable chamber pot. - by: Billy March 9, 2014
- SuSanA news mail March 2014 March 4, 2014Dear SuSanA members and partners, This news mail informs you about the latest news from SuSanA and the SuSanA partners. The newsmail is sent to 4688 subscribers and contains the following topics: 1. SuSanA cities working group meeting in Delhi, India on 23 March 2014 2. SuSanA Breaking the taboo sanitation cartoon competition 3. Preparation underway to launc […]
- Season's Greetings from the SuSanA Secretariat December 18, 2013SuSanA and Sanitation Highlights from 2013...
- SuSanA news mail November 2013 November 11, 2013Dear SuSanA members and partners The newsmail informs you about the latest news from SuSanA and the SuSanA partners. This e-mail is sent to 4287 subscribers and contains the following topics: 1. SuSanA South Asia regional meeting in Bhaktapur, Nepal and side event at SACOSAN V 2. Feedback on the 17th SuSanA meeting on 31 August in Stockholm 3. November 19 is […]
- SuSanA news mail June 2013 July 9, 2013Dear SuSanA members and partners, This bi-monthly e-mail informs you about the latest news from SuSanA and the SuSanA partners. This e-mail is sent to 3894 subscribers and contains the following topics: Dr. Peter Morgan named 2013 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate Documentation of the SuSanA core group and key stakeholder meeting now online 17th SuSanA meeting […]
- 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 March 2014 March 4, 2014
- Dr Peter Morgan June 3, 2013Peter Morgan – one of my Champions − has been awarded this year’s Stockholm Water Prize. Really well deserved! Congratulations Peter!
- 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 […]
- Dr Peter Morgan June 3, 2013
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