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Client: 
USAID
Project start: 
March-2011
Project end: 
July-2012
Staff: 
Jan Heeger
Staff: 
Jan Spit
Staff: 
Katie Anderson
Staff: 
Kim Coates
Staff: 
Stan Maessen

Emergency sanitation requirements in emergency areas

WASTE has formed a consortium with several organisations working in emergency areas. The main goal is to come to a proper description of requirements for appropriate sanitation systems in emergency areas.

What we do

In an emergency area organisations focus on housing the homeless as soon as possible. With the increase of numbers of victims the logistics for proper and hygienic sanitation management becomes increasingly difficult. Toilets, in most cases latrines, have to be emptied on time and in a hygienic way and the sludge has to be disposed of without creating a health hazard for the population.

WASTE has formed a consortium with several organisations working in emergency areas. As many organisations working in emergency situations have the same experiences they have decided to join forces and develop criteria for sanitation technologies that comply to the demands in densely populated areas in emergency situation.

How we do it

The consortium is formed with: Netherlands Red Cross Society (NLRC), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), OXFAM GB and WASTE.

Together they are working towards a set of criteria for:

  • elevated toilets
  • de-sludging equipment
  • sludge disposal and treatment facilities. 

Several workshops are planned to discuss this and in a later stage the suppliers and developers will be involved and stimulated to use the criteria for the development of products suitable for emergency situations around the world.