Latrine Design and Construction

Latrine Design and Construction

2023-10-16 - 2023-10-20
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Participants may be individuals or groups who are: - Working in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), community development or health projects seeking solutions for sanitation - Program organizers or project managers with the responsibility for organizing projects and making decisions - Engineers or technicians with responsibility for designing and constructing latrines - Community liaison people or sanitation promoters who educate households about sanitation and selecting latrines - Motivated to start or strengthen projects for improving sanitation - Have strong skills in the language of instruction, including speaking, reading and writing. It is an advantage if participants have the following: - Source of funding in place to begin implementation (as this will allow for immediate application of the knowledge and skills gained in the workshop) - Support of their organization which recognizes that sanitation may be beneficial for the communities where they work
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Sanitation aims to protect and promote human health and well-being by safely managing human excreta and breaking the cycle of disease. Latrines are an essential component of sanitation, but sanitation is more than just building latrines. It is a system that addresses human excreta from the moment it is collected in a latrine, through to treatment and use or disposal of the sludge.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to design and construct latrines for low-income communities not connected to a sewerage system. The focus is on designing latrines that are technically and environmentally appropriate, and that people will actually want and use. The workshop explores the relationship between sanitation, disease transmission and health. It gives participants experience selecting appropriate latrine parts, such as the toilet, slab, superstructure, and pit, tank or chamber. It also addresses technical and environmental topics including siting latrines and sizing latrine pits. Modifying latrines to make them accessible for different user groups, including children, women, and people with limited mobility, is discussed.

Aspects of hygiene, such as handwashing and menstrual hygiene, are also discussed as they relate to sanitation. Finally, participants will learn a framework for implementing a sustainable and successful project.

The theory in the course is balanced with practical design exercises and hands-on work. Participants may construct basic latrine components and handwashing stations. However, this workshop is not intended to provide full training on the construction of latrines or masonry training.

This workshop is suitable for a general audience with strong skills in the language of instruction, including speaking, reading and writing.