Handwashing is a vital part of good sanitation and hygiene. When Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and its aim of ODF (open defecation free) communities are fully understood and put into practice it is clear that handwashing is implicit in the approach. Without addressing handwashing and other hygiene practices, communities can never become fully ODF since CLTS aims to cut all faecal-oral contamination routes. However, in practice, the degree to which handwashing is integrated into triggering and follow up, depends on the quality of facilitation.
Training and triggers
Le lavage des mains est une composante cruciale d’une bonne hygiène et d’un bon assainissement. Lorsque le concept d’Assainissement total piloté par la communauté (ATPC) et son objectif de communautés FDAL (fin de la défécation à l’air libre) sont parfaitement compris et mis en pratique, il est clair que le lavage des mains est indissociable de l’approche. Sans s’attaquer au lavage des mains et aux autres pratiques d’hygiène, les communautés ne pourront jamais devenir entièrement FDAL car l’ATPC entend couper toutes les voies de contamination fécale-orale.
The Lukenya Notes are a collection of experiences and key recommendations from the IDS meeting of CLTS practitioners held in Lukenya, Nairobi in July 2011, immediately after the AfricaSan3 meeting. The aim of the workshop was to focus on the key challenges we all face in taking CLTS to scale. Insights, case studies and options are clustered by themes which emerged from workshop brainstorming.
Kamal Kar’s Trainers’ Training Guide on Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), published by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).
On Monday 24th February 2014, Concern Universal commenced a four-day intensive training of trainers on Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) in The Gambia. The training aims to build the capacities facilitators about the genesis, principles and methodology for applying CLTS in their communities. Alfred Gomez, the coordinator of WASH unit at the Department of Health and Education, explained that CLTS is a multi-sectoral issue and that a team of extension workers is needed for effective CLTS implementation in their communities.
Is South Africa a late comer into CLTS?
In August 2011 Petra Bongartz who manages the CLTS Knowledge Hub at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex UK and I were invited by the Community Water Supply and Sanitation Unit, Cape Peninsula University of Technology to introduce CLTS in South Africa. The work, supported by the Water Research Commission aimed at piloting CLTS in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. Even though it
Trigger is an Annual Report for the Pan African project Empowering self-help sanitation of rural and peri-urban communities and schools in Africa. It includes background information about the project, overviews of the 8 countries’ activities, case studies and progress as well as many interesting photos.
Download Trigger 2012 (5MB)