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

Web sitewww.emergencysanitationproject.org

Haiti: six months on, Red Cross calls for urgent sanitation solution

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), in a report published [on 8 July 2010], has called on the international community to recognize sanitation as one of the priorities in Haiti’s reconstruction.

The report – From sustaining lives to sustainable solutions: the challenge of sanitation in Haiti – calls sanitation the “neglected twin” of water provision in the aftermath of disasters.

“Equal emphasis must be given both now and in the future to improving sanitation facilities,” it says, noting that resources and innovative solutions are urgently needed to support Haitian authorities to provide improved sanitation services to the 2 million people affected by the quake.

Matthias Schmale, the IFRC’s Under Secretary General for programme services said: “Looking to Haiti’s future, we need the international community to get behind sanitation and support the Haitian authorities. The sanitation situation in Haiti was already dire before the earthquake and this disaster was as bad as it gets. There is a huge opportunity to make a difference, but we have to take action now to build sanitation into the plans for Haiti’s future.

“Simply returning to pre-earthquake levels of sanitation would be unacceptable.”

The report outlines the long-term challenges and opportunities to improve pre-disaster sanitation infrastructure in Haiti, the only country in the world where access to improved sanitation had decreased in recent years: before the earthquake, only 17 per cent of the population had access to a toilet [according to UNICEF].

The Red Cross and Red Crescent, led by the Haitian Red Cross, has, to date, built almost 2,700 latrines in camps across Port-au-Prince, and each day produces and distributes 2.4 million litres of clean water – enough for 280,000 people. However, despite considerable achievements, at least half of the directly affected population are yet to see any improvement in their sanitation and water situation.

“Six months after the earthquake, the Red Cross Red Crescent and other humanitarian agencies continues to provide a large proportion of water and sanitation services on behalf of the Haitian authorities,” said Gianluca Salone, IFRC water and sanitation coordinator in Haiti.

“However, this is a much broader urban reconstruction issue that falls outside the capacity and remit of humanitarian agencies. We are all stretched to our capacity and are simply containing a critical situation, rather than solving it. From now on sanitation must be integrated into wider plans to rebuild Haiti and long-term solutions must be found.”

The IFRC believes that the situation is untenable. It is calling for the development of innovative, sustainable and appropriate technological systems that, dependent on the availability of land, will give large numbers of Haitian people safe and reliable sanitation for the years to come.

As the reconstruction effort continues, the focus is shifting to ensuring that those returning to their homes or moving to transitional shelters will have access to adequate sanitation. The integration of sanitation into reconstruction plans is critical for a healthy future.

The report also highlights some potential longer-term solutions that could help stimulate Haiti’s economy as well as address the challenges of waste management and sanitation. For example, research into the viability of large-scale waste composting and biogas production could provide dual benefits such as energy production, or boosting agricultural activity. Scoping out such solutions needs input from the international community to help build the capacity of Haiti’s authorities.

Led by the Haitian Red Cross, the Red Cross Red Crescent to date has provided medical treatment for 95,000 people, vaccinated more than 150,000 against measles, diphtheria and rubella, and provided 120,000 families – almost 600,000 people – with emergency shelter material.

Related web site: IFRC – Haiti Earthquake

Source: IFRC, 08 Jul 2010

World Water Day: 1.5 million children’s lives could be saved if provided with proper water and sanitation

World Water Day is celebrated every year on March 22. This annual event offers an opportunity to highlight the necessity to do more to bring access to clean water and appropriate sanitation to more than a billion people who still lack access to basic water supply. We asked Uli Jaspers, Head of the Water and Sanitation Unit at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva to explain why bringing better water and sanitation facilities is so essential. Question: 2008 has been made the “Year of Sanitation” by the United Nations. Why is it so crucial to mobilize the international community and promote better access to sanitation? Answer: Poor sanitation, hygiene and unsafe water claim the lives of an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of five every year.

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