Africa: Economics of sanitation initiative (WSP)

Traditionally, sanitation has not received the priority it deserves. It has not been widely recognized how good sanitation policies and practices can underpin socio-economic development and environmental protection. This study provides an estimation of economic impacts on populations without access to improved sanitation in order to provide information on the losses to society of the current sanitation situation.

Date: 23 April 2012

Good practices in CLTS

From birth, children deserve the rights to survive, to thrive and to grow to their full potential. Unfortunately, most children from poor families do not enjoy these rights due to their caregivers’ lack of effective parenting knowledge and the inability to access adequate health and educational services. As a result, children from low income families and communities are likely to start school late, with limited language skills, health problems and socio-emotional problems that interfere with learning.

Date: 18 April 2012

Kenya loses 27 billion Kenyan Shillings annually due to poor sanitation

According to a World Bank report on water and sanitation, 21 million Kenyans, more than half the population ,use unsanitary or shared latrines while 5.6 million others have no latrines at all and are forced to defecate in the open. This situation is costing Kenya Sh27 billion each year.The study majority (75 percent) of these costs result from the premature deaths of 23,000 Kenyans every year from diarrhoeal disease.

Students spread the message of urban CLTS in Mathare 10

Valerie Sukura, Juliet Mbayaji, Evelyn Savantia and Dennis Baraza are all 13 years old. They are currently in standard 8 at St Michael’s Children’s Education Centre in Mathare. They remember that before Urban CLTS was introduced in the area, they had to defecate openly in the school compound, inches away from their classrooms or even down by the river. They also admit that plenty times they would go to the toilet and run straight to eat without washing their hands. However, urban CLTS triggering sessions transformed their understanding of sanitation and hygiene and has turned them into eager advocates in their homes and communities.

Date: 3 April 2012

Tabitha Atai- empowered by urban CLTS in Mathare

Tabitha Atai is a mother of four who lives in Mathare 10 and used to be a self-employed tailor. When Urban CLTS was introduced in her area she decided to join since her business was not doing well and she was spending most of her time as a housewife. She is now a full-time community health worker and a facilitator of Urban CLTS and says she has been empowered from a mere housewife to a strong community leader, thanks to Urban CLTS.

Date: 3 April 2012

Improving movement up the sanitation ladder through Natural Leaders Associations

In order to address issues of sustainability Plan International Ethiopia SNNP PU has been supporting the setting up Natural Leaders Associations. These associations, which are registered as legal bodies, further work on improving the movement up the sanitation ladder in ODF kebeles.

Date: 3 April 2012

Poor sanitation is costing Ghana 290 million each year

A survey by the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate (EHSD) under the country’s Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) revealed open defecation costs Ghana $79 million per year. Another $215 million is lost each year due to premature deaths caused by poor water reticulation, lack of sanitation and hygiene. The total amounts to 1.6% of Ghana’s GDP.


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