Nature’s call

300 million women and girls are forced to defecate outside Bangladesh, has reduced open defecation from 19% to 3% in just two years by decentralising sanitation programmes Nearly half of India’s 1.2 billion people have no toilets at home Everyday 200,000 tonnes of human feces are deposited in India, left in the open References Guardian: Lack of toilets puts India’s health and rural women’s safety at risk … Continue reading Nature’s call

Night soil as fertilizer

In North and Central Vietnam it is common among farmers to use excreta from the family double vault composting latrine (DVC) as fertilizer in the fields. The official Vietnamese health guidelines stipulate a six-month period of composting before applying excreta to two of their three annual crops. However, farmers in this region cannot afford to follow these guidelines and this paper presents the reasons why.In their efforts to ensure … Continue reading Night soil as fertilizer

Nature’s call…

In a world where 2.5 billion people still do not have access to basic sanitation facilities, and 1.5 million children die each year from preventable diseases as a result, there is a pressing need to find sustainable solutions to this most ancient of human problems. “Nearly half of the population in developing regions – 2.5 billion – still lacks access to improved sanitation facilities. Shockingly, … Continue reading Nature’s call…

The Big Necessity

Source: BBC Bill Gates is, in a manner of speaking, flushing his money down the toilet. His charitable organisation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is looking for future loos that can improve sanitation around the world. At the Reinvent the Toilet fair, hosted at its Seattle campus this week, designs included a lavatory that used microwave energy to turn poo into electricity. Another turned excrement … Continue reading The Big Necessity