World Toilet Day, flush with improvements for safer sanitation

In line with this yr’s theme of accelerating change, innovators have been a part of ongoing efforts to deal with the wants of among the world’s 3.5 billion individuals dwelling with out secure bathrooms.

From a Nepalese girl who prompted her village to enhance hygiene to a recent sport plan launched in 2022 by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), these sport changers are advancing progress in the direction of the 2030 Agenda’s ambition to realize clear water and sanitation for all by way of its Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.

So is a gaggle of younger people who find themselves driving sanitation innovation in Kisumu, Kenya.

Award-winning eco-toilet

Saniwise Technologies, a agency made up of a crew of younger entrepreneurs, designed an award-winning eco-toilet that additionally produces manure and rooster feed.

“Having been brought up by a single mum in a low-income area, I understand the challenges,” stated Chelsea Johannes of Saniwise. “Toilets are hard to maintain, and no one wants to contribute money to empty them properly. That’s one of the reasons we set up Saniwise.”

The UN marks World Toilet Day on 19 November.

The UN marks World Toilet Day on 19 November.

Using its blue, well-ventilated prototype, the Saniwise crew goals to make many extra bathrooms for the neighborhood, she stated.

It has already received seed cash to take action, after its prototype took second prize at a world competitors held by Generation Unlimited, which was based by UNICEF, Microsoft, IKEA and different companions to foster improvements like these.

Green prototype

Made of recycled supplies, together with plastic waste, the prototype is effectively ventilated and makes use of dry bathroom applied sciences. After visiting the bathroom, black soldier fly larvae churn human waste into manure.

“This is the black soldier fly larvae,” she stated, pointing to a number of white grubs in the bathroom pan. “They’re digesting the waste. You can see that it already looks more like soil. In four days’ time, it will be ready to sell as manure.”

‘Young people helping themselves’

Saniwise Technologies additionally sells the by-products to native farmers, like 77-year-old John Ochieng.

On a scorching, humid morning on Mr. Ochieng’s farm, he strides by way of the fields in naked toes. Along the best way, he collects a bag of manure from Ms. Johannes and her colleagues, after assembly them at a close-by lagoon.

“I was curious about the toilet they had built,” he stated. “They told me that it makes manure and chicken feed, so I bought some samples from them.”

Chelsea Johannes (right) explains how the Saniwise Technologies eco-toilet works.

© UNICEF/Paul Kidero

Chelsea Johannes (proper) explains how the Saniwise Technologies eco-toilet works.

The manure is already serving to his farm.

“I like the products,” he stated. “The manure helps my crops grow very green and fruitful. When I gave my chickens the feed, they enjoyed it. It’s good to see young people helping themselves.”

Find out extra about how the UN helps to speed up progress on enhancing clear water and sanitation world wide right here.

  • Achieve common and equitable entry to secure, inexpensive ingesting water and ample, equitable sanitation and hygiene for all
  • Improve water high quality by lowering air pollution
  • Increase recycling and secure reuse globally
  • Increase water-use effectivity throughout all sectors
  • Support and strengthen participation of native communities in enhancing water and sanitation administration

According to the UN, 2.2 billion individuals at present lack safely managed ingesting water and primary handwashing amenities, and three.5 billion lack safely managed sanitation.