newsmail april 2012

SuSanA News Mail April 2012

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Dear SuSanA members and partners,

This monthly e-mail informs you about the latest news from SuSanA and the SuSanA partners. For more frequent news updates please visit our facebook page or check the SuSanA discussion forum This e-mail is sent to 2639 subscribers of the SuSanA mailing list and contains the following topics:
1.   Next SuSanA meeting at Africa Water Week in Egypt
2.   Partner News: Network and promote your organisation through SuSanA
3.   SuSanA is growing: We announce 3 new partners
4.   SuSanA welcomes one new working group lead
5.   Monthly SuSanA discussion forum digest: What has been discussed?
6.   New photo sets and videos on SuSanA database
7.   Recommended reading: Construction of bench style UDDTs
8.   Sharing Knowledge: New additions to the SuSanA library
9.   Brief announcements


1. Next SuSanA meeting at Africa Water Week in Egypt

The 15th SuSanA meeting will be held in Cairo, Egypt. This SuSanA meeting is different from previous ones, as it will be integrated into the main event, the 4th Africa Water Week (AWW) which takes place from 14-18 May 2012. SuSanA is part of a group of organisations that is shaping Theme 1 entitled "Water and Sanitation for Development". Within this theme, SuSanA will co-convene Session 7 called "Sustainable sanitation and the role of hygiene in the value chain". The 1st draft programme is available here

If you are attending the AWW and would like to join the SuSanA's session, side event and the informal get-together on the evening of 15 May (Tuesday) please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. SuSanA partners and members can also use SuSanA's exhibition booth to display their materials.

Attendees will need to register for the AWW and get their visas on their own. An invitation letter is issued by the organisers of AWW. Further information on the Africa Water Week 2012:

And please mark this date: the 16th SuSanA meeting will most likely be held at Stockholm Environment Institute on Saturday, 1 Sept. 2012, directly after the World Water Week in Sweden.

2.  Partner News: Network and promote your organisation through SuSanA

Are you using the SuSanA network to link up with other partners on prospective projects and collaborations? Please use this opportunity for networking through SuSanA with its currently 178 organisations, hundreds of experts and practitioners. We want to provide you with new ways of networking. You can put up your news and achievements on the frontpage of the SuSanA website Just post your announcement on the forum in the partner news section and the SuSanA secretariat will then link it to facebook and the the frontpage:

Partner News: WAND Foundation (Philippines) is the first partner to share one of their milestones on an emergency response after a Typhoon on the frontpage of the SuSanA webpage. The news is on the frontpage for several days and continues to stay online in the news section.

Here is how to do the sharing:
Step 1: Post on the discussion forum in the partner news section Insert pictures, videos and other attractive visual content.

Step 2: The SuSanA secretariat will link your post together with your logo to the frontpage of the SuSanA website and link it to facebook.

3.  SuSanA is growing: We announce 3 new partners

We welcome the following three new partners who have recently joined SuSanA bringing the total number to 178.

Birzeit University with the Institute of Environmental and Water Studies (IEWS), Palestinian Territory, provides capacity building in the fields of water treatment and sanitation sector since the year 2000.

Sisternet, Sweden, is a network of women created in 2010 that works with school girls in the informal settlements of Nairobi, Kenya. They provide menstrual cups as an entry point to discussing reproductive health and girls rights.

Woo Woo - Waterless toilets, UK, is the main distributor for Kazubaloo waterless and composting toilets in the UK and are also working on developing clean sanitation projects in Africa.


4.  SuSanA welcomes one new working group lead

The SuSanA secretaria and Working Group 8 on "Emergency and reconstructions situations" welcomes Jan Heeger from WASTE (The Netherlands) as the new lead who volunteers his time and expertise.

For more information on WG 8 please visit their webpage

5.  Monthly SuSanA discussion forum digest: What has been discussed?

Please feel welcome to continue supporting the discussion forum with your contributions to the ongoing debates.

Subscribe to the email alerts for forum postings if you want to follow the discussions in time:  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.

Some of the topics that have been discussed in the last month are:

6.  New photo sets and videos on SuSanA database

The sustainable sanitation flickr database now has in total over 7100 photos and our youtube account now has over 40 uploaded videos and numerous favourite videos. These are some of the new additions:

New photo sets on

New videos on

7.  Recommended reading: Construction of bench style UDDTs

A new publication from Rotaria del Peru SAC has been published in English and Spanish which we would like to recommend for reading: "Construction of bench style double vault urine diversion toilet and alternatives" and in Spanish "Opciones de construcción de Baños Secos con Eco-Sanitarios de Rotária".

This is an excellent construction manual for bench style UDDTs. When using the bench design the user sits directly on the vault. This has the advantage of reducing the required number of stairs. 

8.  Sharing knowledge: New additions to the SuSanA library

Since the last news mail, we have added another 49 documents to the SuSanA library bringing the total number to 1204 (see where the most recently uploaded documents are shown at the top of the list). We highlight the following seven publications to you:

9.  Brief announcements

Some brief announcements on other important activities and services of interest for the SuSanA network.

  • SuSanA DVD (updated April 2012) can be ordered again from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. meant for people with slow internet access. 
  • SuSanA webpage now fully available in French and Spanish besides English.  
  • At the SuSanA meeting in Kairo the brandnew factsheet compilation book will be launched and can be downloaded from here. (hard copies are available on request)


You can find more information on events, jobs and news on the SuSanA website. We invite you to send us information on events and news items for publication on the SuSanA website. To provide comments and questions, please e-mail us or use our discussion forum

Kind regards from Eschborn (Germany),
Christian, Enno, Elisabeth and Rahul

Christian Rieck, Enno Schroeder, Elisabeth von Muench and Rahul Ingle
on behalf of the SuSanA secretariat
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