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Free online course on urban sanitation starts 13 October

A team of instructors led by Christoph Lüthi from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) are eager to teach you how to plan urban sanitation systems.

Together with Sandec/Eawag, EPFL has designed a 5 week online course introducing sector planning tools and frameworks such as Sanitation 21, Community-Led Urban Environmental Sanitation (CLUES) and the Sanitation Systems Approach.

The course consists of lecture videos (English, with French subtitles), practical exercises, a homework quiz and a final exam. The questions and explanations for the practical exercises, the homework quiz and the final exam are offered in English and French. Watch the introduction video.

The course “Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies” runs from 13 October to 16 November 2014.

It is the 2nd MOOC (massive open online course) of the series on “WASH in developing countries”. The first MOOC was on “Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage“.

Bhutan: Learning to make latrines

Zow Yongba, 62, a carpenter from Nanong gewog in Pemagatshel, travelled nine hours by bus to Autso in Lhuentse and then walked for another five hours to get to Jarey gewog.

Twelve others from his gewog also took the same journey to attend a 12–day training on sanitation and latrine construction, which ends on December 2, 2009. Of the 35 carpenters and masons attending, 22 are from Jarey.

35 masons and carpenters pick up new skills. Photo: Kuensel Online

The masons and carpenters, after theoretical lessons in the morning, are constructing four different types of latrines to be showcased to public during the first sanitation fair, which will be held from December 2- 5 at Lhadrong, Jarey gewog. These are the ventilated pit latrine, the ventilated double pit latrine, the pour-flush with off-set twin pit and the pour-flush with septic tank.

“Although we have carpentry skills, there are new concepts and ideas I’m learning from this training,” said Zow Yongba. “I’m hearing of a double pit latrine for the first time.”

The carpenters are being oriented on the latrine door with respect to wind, installation of vent pipe, hand-washing facilities and depth of pit.

The training of carpenters and masons is a follow up of the community sanitation and demand creation (CSDC) workshop according to water and sanitation specialist Karma Tenzin with SNV Bhutan, which is providing the technical assistance. SNV Bhutan is currently intervening in rural sanitation and piloting in four gewogs of Sarpang, Laya, Pemagatshel and Lhuentse dzongkhags.

“The training hopes to create a demand for better and sustainable hygiene and practice and adopting appropriate, affordable and sustainable sanitation solutions, using both locally available and imported materials,” said Karma Tenzin.

Karma Tenzin said that, although a majority of households have some sort of latrine, not many are functioning as they should. Most latrines do not have vent pipe to curb the problem of bad smell and flies, while some latrines are constructed far away from the house. Some latrines are very small in size making it difficult for users.

Once completed, these latrines will be handed over to their respective owners, who contributed the material for construction.

A similar latrine construction course was conducted in December 2008.

Source: Kuensel Online, 26 Nov 2009

Training Course: Mainstreaming HIV and AIDS into Water, Hygiene and Environmental Sanitation Programmes, 14-20 July 2008, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Organised by: Regional Capacity Building Partners (RECABIP), Nairobi, Kenya

Many development institutions have done very little to understand the contextual impacts of HIV and AIDS on Water, Hygiene and Environmental Sanitation programmes and have not integrated programmatic actions to halt the spread of HIV and AIDS, and mitigate its impact in their programmes. Similarly, AIDS service organizations have not analyzed the role of safe water, sanitation and Hygiene in fostering quality care, prevention, treatment, impact mitigation services at individual, household and community level. The Course focuses on strengthening skills, knowledge and understanding practical mainstreaming tools and processes.

Course fees: US $1,000 (excluding international travel, accommodation and food).

RECABIP is a network of professional organisations and individuals engaged in capacity building workshops, seminars, conferences and consultancy services in the fields of HIV and AIDS, Climate Change, Governance and Leadership issues. [ Note: the website provides no list of names with CVs of individual members of RECABIP, no names of clients, no annual report etc.]

Full information and application details are available on the RECABIP web site

For more info on HIV/AIDS and WASH see the IRC web site

2008/2009 Advanced International Training Programme (ITP) in Ecological Sanitation

Programme Organiser: The EcoSanRes Programme at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

The programme has three parts: a 3-week course in Sweden, a period between courses for project work back home, and a 2-week course in the region. The language requirement is English. Costs are covered by Sida. The deadline for applications from Africa and Latin America is 1 April 2008. The deadline for applications from Asia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia is 1 May 2008.

ITP 99a “Ecological Alternatives in Sanitation” – for Africa and Latin America:

  • For all Africa and Latin America participants: a 3-week course in Sweden from 11-29 August 2008
  • For Africa participants: a 2-week course in South Africa in February 2009
  • For Latin America participants: a 2-week course in Mexico in March 2009

ITP 99b “Ecological Alternatives in Sanitation” – for Asia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia:

  • For all Asia and Eastern Europe and Central Asia participants: a 3-week course in Sweden from 15 September – 3 October 2008
  • For Asia participants: a 2-week course in Asia in April 2009
  • For Eastern Europe and Central Asia participants: a 2-week course in the Ukraine in May 2009

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