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Design Contest on Public Urinal Systems for Emergency Situations

The Emergency Sanitation Project, a collaboration between IFRC, WASTE and Oxfam GB, has launched a design contest for public urinals.

The urinals should be attractive and safe to use, lightweight to transport by air to emergency situations and easy to install. The urinals need to be equipped with a urine management facility: a storage container that can be emptied or, in the worst case a soak pit for disposal.  The urinal should be suitable for children, adult men, adult women or the less abled

The Award

  • Twelve project will be selected for final review: 3 for children, 3 for adult men, 3 for adult women and 3 for less abled.
  • The finalist will present their design concept to the judging panel on world toilet day 2013, 19th November 2013.
  • The emergency sanitation project will approach producers to produce the designs of the overall top finalist.
  • The overall top finalist will receive a field visit of a week including travel and lodging to the country where the produced design will be field-tested or € 1000 cash.

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Download the Application Form

Application deadline: 12:00 pm GMT Friday, 18 October 2013

Web sitewww.emergencysanitationproject.org

Call for Nominations Sarphati Sanitation Award 2013

The Sarphati Sanitation Award is a biennial international award honouring the outstanding contribution of an individual or organisation to the global sanitation and public health challenge through entrepreneurship.

The first Sarphati Sanitation Award will be presented on 5 November 2013 during the International Water Week in Amsterdam. The winner will receive a a figurine designed by the Dutch artist Marte Röling and a cash prize of 50,000 euros (US$ 65,000), sponsored by World Waternet and Aqua for All.

Samuel Sarphati (by Sybrand Altmann) / Wikipedia

Samuel Sarphati (1813–66) was a Dutch general practitioner and a pioneering public health and sanitation entrepreneur. Sarphati helped to eradicate cholera from Amsterdam before the end of the 19th century. His various initiatives included a refuse collection service and a bread factory. In 1847, Sarphati set up a  a company that collected and transformed the human waste into manure for the agricultural sector.

The Sarphati nominees will be judged according to five criteria:

  • an outstanding track record in the field of sanitation
  • inspiring new generations to become involved in finding sustainable solutions to sanitation
  • proven experience in linking different partners from the public and the private sector to improve sanitation
  • contributions to ground-breaking entrepreneurial and multi-sectoral innovations in the field of sanitation related to public health
  • (expected) contributions to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Nomination deadline: 15 September 2013

Download Nomination Form and Guidelines

For more information, visit www.internationalwaterweek.com
or email the Sarphati Sanitation Award Secretariat:
sarphatisanitationaward@waternet.nl

India: impact of sanitation award scheme to be assessed

The government will assess the impact and sustainability of the Nirmal Gram Puraskar (Clean Village Award) scheme implemented between 2005-2008. The Department of Drinking Water Supply under the Ministry of Rural Development will conduct a survey, based on a methodology that it developed with UNICEF, in 12 states*.

The objective is to assess the impact of NGP [Nirmal Gram Puraskar] on the pace of progress of sanitation availability and usage in the country under TSC [Total Sanitation Campaign] and its related impacts on health, education, gender empowerment, social inclusion in rural areas on different user groups particularly the rural poor. This study will also assess the durability and sustainability on the provision and usage of sanitary facilities over time. The rational of this evaluation study will be to provide important evidence on the NGP component of the TSC. The Study will provide a national level report on assessment of impact of NGP.

The Government of India introduced the NGP incentive scheme in 2003 under its Total Sanitation Campaign to reward local government institutions at village, block and district level, that had achieved full sanitation coverage (for households, schools and day-care centres) and were declared open defecation free.

* States to be covered in NGP assessment survey

Source: DDWS

A 2008 UNICEF study on NGP villages found high levels of non-use of toilets (34%), and that only 34% of schools had separate toilets for girls and boys. In most villages the study found a “severe drop in efforts towards social mobilisation and monitoring of ODF status after the NGP award has been received. This has resulted in slippage of ODF status in many GPs and is a serious concern with respect to sustainability”.

Source: PIB, 13 May 2010 ; DDWS/Ministry of Rural Development, 11 May 2010 ; India Sanitation Portal – Nirmal Gram Puraskar

India, Himachal Pradesh: school sanitation reward scheme launched

The Indian state of Himachal Pradesh has launched the ‘School Sanitation Reward’ Scheme, under which, Government Primary and Middle Schools would get Block and District level prizes.

First cash prize would be of Rs 50,000 [US$ 1,100] at District level along-with a commendation certificate and momento at both Primary and Middle level while two prizes would be given at block level. First cash prize would be Rs 20,000 rupees [US$ 430] and second prize would be of Rs 10,000 [US$ 215] at block level for both school levels. Speaking at launch, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that this Rs 62 lakh [US$ 134,000] scheme was initiated to create competitiveness and awareness about sanitation amongst school children.

Mr. Thakur said Himachal Pradesh was one of few states where over 90 per cent achievement had been made in individual household latrines. He said the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), launched from District Sirmaur in the year 1999-2000 was now being implemented in all the 12 districts of the State. Mr Thakur said total plan expenditure of TSC is Rs 149.62 crore [US$ 32.4 million] of which Central Government’s share is Rs. 99.48 crore [US$ 21.5 million] , the State share is Rs 37.70 crore [US$ 8.15 million] while the beneficiary share is Rs 12.43 crore [US$ 2.7 million].

Rs 35.23 crore [US$ 7.6 million] had been spent till 30th November 2009 under TSC, he added.

He said the Central Government had fixed the target of achieving Total Sanitation by the year 2012 but the State Government had made it 2010 to declare Himachal Pradesh a Nirmal State. Two new schemes namely ‘Maharishi Balmiki Sampuran Swatchhta Yojna’ and ‘Mahila Mandal Protsahan Yojna’ launched in the year 2008, had geared up the sanitation programme in the hill state. The Rural Development Minister said the School Sanitation Reward Scheme would be implemented by the Rural Development Department and Education Department while the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP South Asia) would provide the support. He said State had made steady progress during last few years in sanitation as there was nil Niramal Gram Purskar in 2005 and 22 panchayats had got it in 2006-07 and this figure rose to 245 in the year 2007-08 while it reached to 267 in the year 2008-09. Principal Secretary, Education P.C. Dhiman said about 70 percent Government Schools have toilet facilities.

Read full details of the “Reward Scheme for the Cleanest Primary and Middle schools in Himachal Pradesh at Block and District Level under the Total Sanitation Campaign”.

Source: UNI / WebIndia123.com, 03 Dec 2009 / Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, 03 Dec 2009

India – Naga villages to get award for sanitation

Kohima | October 14: Nagaland is all set to receive a prestigious award from the Government of India, the Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award 2008 in sanitation. Minister for PHED Dr. Ngangshi K. Ao today said that under Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award 2008, after a thorough inspection by a central team from Government of India, eight villages from Nagaland were certified as fully-sanitized villages.

“It means clean villages, where there are cent-per-cent sanitary latrines and proper disposal of solid and liquid wastes,” the minister said. President of India Pratibha Patil will give away the awards to the villages’ heads at a function to be held at Guwahati on October 20 this year. Terming the award as a great honor to the state and the PHE department in particular, Dr. Ngangshi said it should be taken as a challenge for other villages to emulate.

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USA – Honors for women in Sanitation

More than 20 years ago, a handful of women proved you don’t have to be a man to be part of New York’s Strongest.

They were the first female sanitation workers to jump on the trucks and haul the city’s trash.

But women have been helping the Sanitation Department do its job for years.

This Friday, sanitation officials will honor 85 women who work in the department, including many with 25, 30 and 35 years of service.

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