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This document draws on SuSanA’s resource base of materials and information contributed by over 10,000 members. Its authors have also conducted secondary research. It represents a consultative process with the experts and other prominent authorities in the sector. At the time of publishing, the document represented the best possible advice based on the data and experience of the group.

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In peri-urban areas and small and medium towns, several studies have found women have problems finding safe and convenient toilets and drinking water. The toilets provided in resettlement colonies and tenements are often inadequate, unsafe and in poor condition. One of the main reasons for bad water and sanitation facilities in these resettlement areas is that women are usually not part of the …

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From 14th October to 24th November, 2020, the India Chapter of SuSanA conducted a thematic online discussion and webinar on Operation and Maintenance Opportunities in Rural Community Sanitary Complexes. This was to support efforts of a task force to provide inputs to the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India under Swachh Bharat Mission Phase II. In addition, the Chapter conducted a webinar …

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The 30th SuSanA meeting - the first virtual of its kind - took place from August 17th to August 28th 2020. It was organised by the SuSana Secretariat with support and contributions from SuSanA Partners, Members, Working Groups and Regional Chapters.
This entry is the collection point of the different resources from the SuSanA Meeting, including recordings, presentations, flyers and program …

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The Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS) under the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India, recently brought out the strategy and guidelines for SBM Phase II, 2020-21 to 2024-25 to consolidate gains made in SBM Phase I. While the goal in the first phase was eliminating open defecation by constructing toilets, the goals in the second phase are much more ambitious. The outlay for …

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Research from past epidemics of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) caused by coronaviruses has suggested viruses are excreted in stools by infected human beings. They have been detected in sewage. Mapping where they were found can help determine if there were infections in a geographic area. This method has been used to keep tabs on polio and use of drugs, especially cocaine.

Traces …

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El coronavirus COVID-19 está causando estragos en la economía y los sistemas de salud a nivel global, sin embargo existen esfuerzos de diferentes organizaciones que dan frutos en el intento de contener esta emergencia internacional que ya fue declarada como pandemia.

¿Como podemos influir en el comportamiento de las personas? ¿Qué buenas prácticas se pueden aplicar para proteger al …

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Webinar sobre diferentes acciones y experiencias que se aplican en la gestión del agua con medidas de prevención, adaptación y mitigación al cambio climático realizado por SuSanA Latinoamérica. Con la moderación de Lourdes Valenzuela, coordinadora regional de SuSanA Latinoamérica y presentaciones de Bianca Corona, asesora técnica de GIZ en México, Gustavo Collere, gerente de …

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This video gives a tour of the SuSanA Discussion Forum in order to highlight some special features that not all users might be aware of.

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The aims of this factsheet are to:

1. Advocate for sustainable WinS globally as anchored in the SDGs;
2. Highlight key solutions to existing challenges within WinS;
3. Explore various innovations and successful approaches using examples from low and middle income countries and outline best practice approaches and lessons learnt;
4. Identify the common principles that are needed to …

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This publication is the follow up of the first and second volume of WASH in Schools best practices by SuSanA partners. This third volume focuses on the topic of monitoring and evaluation (M&E). The aim is to show how digital approaches for M&E can be used to trigger action for improvements in WASH in Schools.
It introduces the WHO/UNICEF JMP core and expanded questions and indicators for …

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Sustainable Sanitation is highly relevant for the achievement of three international frameworks: The Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework and the 2030 Agenda. A sustainable future is impossible without universal access to safe, well-functioning and context-appropriate sanitation services. Until this is achieved, sanitation shortfalls will increase the risks human populations face from climate …

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12 slides de introducción a SuSanA Latinoamerica, cronograma, responsabilidades y acciones.

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Durante la V LATINOSAN en San José, Costa Rica, se lanzó oficialmente SuSanA Latinoamérica. El evento fue moderado por Sergio Pérez, un especialista en agua y saneamiento del BID, y más de 70 asistentes participaron. Cecilia Rodrigues (Secretaría de SuSanA) ofreció un breve resumen del impacto global de SuSanA y las herramientas que ofrece la plataforma. Los objetivos específicos de …

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This report summarizes the results obtained from an on-line survey conducted by the Shit Flow
Diagram Promotion Initiative (SFD-PI) as a key deliverable of the SFD project. The survey was launched
on April 11th, 2018 and ran for three weeks until May 1st, 2018.
The survey was intended to collect people’s opinions about different aspects of the SFD project,
including the web portal, the …

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Selected sanitation projects from different parts of the world were requested to report on how SuSanA had influenced the work carried out. This resulted in a variety of evidence indicating that SuSanA can have a far-reaching effect providing expertise, convenor of meetings, a source of online information, networked contacts, discussion platform and a place to disseminate reports and …

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This SuSanA Communications Plan is based on the CAWST Sector Knowledge Management Study which was funded as part of a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (see link below).

The Communications Plan was written mainly by Arno Rosemarin and subsequently endorsed by the SuSanA secretariat and core group

It has 9 Appendices which are provided for download below.

The following were the …

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November 19 is World Toilet Day. Enormous progress has been made in the global effort to provide safe and affordable toilets for the world’s poorest citizens since World Toilet Day was first declared in 2001. Significant strides have been made in “reinventing” toilet designs for low-income, water-short, unsewered urban zones; celebrites such as Bill Gates and Matt Damon have brought this …

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This summary gives an overview of main actions planned and what partner organisations and members can expect from the Latin American Chapter. The SuSanA Latin American Chapter initiated in September 2018 and its first phase will run until September 2020.

The purpose of the Latin American Chapter is to promote regional knowledge production and exchange on sanitation issues so that best …

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This compilation comprises synthesis documents from nine Thematic Discussion Series that were active in the SuSanA Forum between February 2015 and May 2017.

SuSanA's Thematic Discussion Series is an initiative to engage actors from interconnected areas of expertise. The discussions take place on the SuSanA Forum, are limited to 2-4 weeks and are guided and led by thematic experts. At the end …

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This paper aims at providing an overview of the importance of capacity building within the sustainable sanitation sector, highlighting the existing gaps regarding capacity development and continuing an agenda on how one can contribute towards effective capacity building to achieve the sustainable development goals in relation to sustainable sanitation. Based on a workshop at SuSanAs Working Group …

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The scope and focus document of SuSanA Working Group (WG) 7 Sustainable WASH in Institutions and Gender Equality (Leave No One Behind – in communities, schools and other institutions)

WG 7 has two goals:
a. To strengthen water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in schools and other institutions within community
structures. To learn more about the work of WG 7 in the field of WASH in schools, …

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Appropriate and adequate sanitation solutions are crucial for the protection of human health in emergencies. In recent years there has been an increasing number of sanitation innovations, appropriate for a variety of humanitarian contexts and a stronger sector focus on the entire sanitation service chain (from the toilet via collection and conveyance to the final treatment and safe disposal …

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Shit flow diagrams, excreta flow diagrams (291 SFDs worldwide)

Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) help to visualize excreta management in urban settings. Access SFDs and more through the SFD Portal.

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