When faecal sludge reuse doesn’t work: a look at access for the poorest and people with disabilities in urban Malawi

Mallory, Adrian, Crapper, Martin and Holm, Rochelle (2018) When faecal sludge reuse doesn’t work: a look at access for the poorest and people with disabilities in urban Malawi. In: 41st WEDC International Conference: Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Wash Services, 9th - 13th July 2018, Nakuru, Kenya.

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Abstract

Reusing faecal sludge to generate value has the potential to contribute towards solving the issue of long term sanitation solutions in cities across Sub-Saharan Africa. This research was conducted to evaluate the potential for faecal sludge reuse in Malawi, and the difficulties and challenges to existing attempts at reuse in a city. We conducted 65 semi-structured interviews in a city of Malawi. The results show that two main approaches exist currently: The implementation of Skyloos as above ground household toilets which provide compost; and a central disposal site from which compost is illegally harvested. Both existing approaches to faecal sludge management and reuse were found to be inaccessible and not working when implemented for the poorest and people with disabilities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2019 09:42
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 13:16
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40746

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