On 19th November was world toilet day.
What are you doing to improve access to improved sanitation around the world today?
In Malawi, current nationwide household sanitation facilities indicate a pit latrine with slab as the most common type of improved toilet/latrine facility in Malawi, (Table 2; Malawi Government, National Statistical Office and ICF Macro 2011). But, the data also exhibits only 8.8% of the population is using an improved, not shared toilet/latrine, facility, whereas 75.8% are using a pit latrine without a slab/open pit, a non-improved facility. This shows there is still much work for all of us towards safe and sustainable sanitation.
On 15 November 2013 at the Sunbird Capital Hotel, Lilingowe, the Malawi Global Sanitation Fund Programme Website Launch took place.
We invite you to visit the website towards helping attain sanitation for all in Malawi by Government of Malawi with Plan Malawi as an implementing agent.
Newspaper article on Balaka which the Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation developed under GSF funding in The Nation – Wednesday 16 October
On behalf of the Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation: You are invited to A tour of low-cost water and sanitation technologies.
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
BY: Dr Rochelle Holm.
please meet at Mzuzu University, House # 35 (Centre of Excellence in Water & Sanitation and Smart Centre)
The seminar is open to to faculty, staff, students and members of the public.
Hope to see you there.
As an extension of the Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation, at the Smart Centre we work to promote works on ‘self supply’ for low-cost water and sanitation options through training local artisans in affordable technologies and business skills, as well as linking them and their customers to micro-financing institutions. Our implementing partner through the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, Synod of Livingstonia, has a coordinating role in partnering with both the Malawi Government and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) focusing on sustainable development issues and is a valuable part of the Smart Centre work. We are very excited about the success of the Mzuzu Smart Centre. To learn more about the Smart Centre visit http://www.mzuzusmartcentre.com/ .
For more information please contact, Dr. Rochelle Holm, Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation and Smart Centre Manager.
In May a so called School Water Filter Mzuzu Model was constructed, a new low-cost clean water technology. This filter can turn river water into safe drinking water and has a filter capacity of 500 litres per day. The cost of a complete filter is around 300 US$ and consists of two wire cement tanks and Tulip Siphon filters. Another benefit is the filter and storage capacity can be increased as needed. The next step will be testing of the technology on schools in Mzuzu to get experience with efficiency, ease of use, maintenance etc.