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Is the “Portaloo” solution replicable? - Emergency WASH reponse after earthquake in Port au Prince, Haiti 2010

Eyrard J. (2011)

Published in: 2011

Action Contre la Faim

Eyrard J.

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The presentation concludes that "Portaloo" is replicable for a short term period, if a treatment plant is available for safe disposal of the sludge and if the equipment is available in country. It should not also put focus on monitoring the trucks and “hot line” or complain mechanism for the users. The presentation was held at the WECD conference July 2011 in Loughborough, England.

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The paper states in the summary: The response to the Haiti earthquake in 2010 highlighted the use of rented portable toilets in emergency context. To be effective, a WASH response must be provided as a package of 3 components: water, sanitation and hygiene. Water is addressed, among other items, by ready to use treatment plants; hygiene is addressed by pre-positioned NFI kits and promotion material such as posters, leaflets…The sanitation part of the package is less well equipped in terms of kits: there are the ready-to-use squatting slabs as a starting point but a latrine is comprised of a pit, a slab and a superstructure. Pit latrines and defecation trenches can be used only in areas where it is possible to dig. In areas where it is not possible to dig (urban settings, flood prone areas…), other solutions must be employed: among them, portable latrines such as the ones rented by Catholic Relief Service and operated by Action Contre la Faim in Port-au-Prince where found to be an expensive but however a good solution. It would be a temptation to include them in contingency stocks but this is not really possible due to the volume and logistic involved. Rather, it is preferable to have standing agreements with rental companies in various parts of the world where such items may be needed. In case of emergency, the rental company will ship the needed toilet within few days.

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Eyrard J. (2011). Is the “Portaloo” solution replicable? - Emergency WASH reponse after earthquake in Port au Prince, Haiti 2010. Action Contre la Faim

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Is the “Portaloo” solution replicable?

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Sanitation in emergencies: Lessons learned from Port-au-Prince : the portable toilets, Paper from 35th WEDC conference, Loughborough University, UK

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