SuSanA News Mail April 2012
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 http://www.facebook.com/susana.org or check the SuSanA discussion forum http://www.forum.susana.org. 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
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.
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: http://www.africawaterweek.com/
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 www.susana.org. 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.
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.
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 http://susana.org/index.php/lang-en/working-groups/wg08.
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.
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:
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 librarySince the last news mail, we have added another 49 documents to the SuSanA library bringing the total number to 1204 (see http://www.susana.org/library 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.
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 www.forum.susana.org.