Moving beyond construction: Asian practitioners identify sludge management as a major issue

Learning cloud gives a glimpse of the future of WASH in Asia

Which issues will sanitation and hygiene practitioners focus on in Asia? This was the question posed to the more than 50 professionals attending the 3rd Asia Regional Sanitation and Hygiene Practitioners Workshop which ends today in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Based on the above “learning cloud”, sludge management appears to be a major concern.

The three-day workshop, organised by BRAC, WaterAid, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, started on 31 January 2012. It builds on the collective learning and documentation in the 2008 and 2010 workshops and focuses on improving sustainability, equity, monitoring in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

Over 23 papers have been submitted and more photo stories and practical lessons are being shared at the workshop. The papers can be accessed at

Regular updates on what is happening at the workshop are being published on the Hygiene Practitioners Workshop blog and on Facebook.

Participants of the Sanitation and Hygiene practitioners workshop

One response to “Moving beyond construction: Asian practitioners identify sludge management as a major issue

  1. Indika Gunawardana

    It is no doubt that the sludge management becoming a serious issue in Asia. Main causal factor for above mentioned issue is the more focus on increased latrine coverage with poor attention to proper treatment and disposal. People in unplanned urban settings mostly use the water sealed latrines which produces huge quantity of blackwater and faecal contaminants are ultimately end up in natural water bodies.

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