Title: WASHaLOT 3.0 : AN INNOVATIVE HANDWASHING TECHNOLOGY IN UGANDA
UNICEF/WHO reports that 1.7 million children die annually of diarrhea and pneumonia. Handwashing with soap under running water can prevent the majority of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, influenza, cold, cholera, dysentery, and contagious eye disease. Several studies have reported reduced incidences of pneumonia and diarrheal diseases by over 40% to 50% through handwashing. However, many people in Uganda, like in other low- and middle-income countries have limited access to handwashing facilities, mainly in institutions and public places such as schools, health centres, markets, open parks and prisons, among others. This is due to high costs involved in construction, operation and maintenance of such facilities.
The Sustainable Sanitation Programme of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Regional Fit for School Programme in Southeast Asia and Africa have developed in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam the WASHaLOT 3.0, a low-cost and water-saving handwashing facility technology. In Uganda, the technology was first introduced under the GIZ Sanitation for Millions programme in 2018. The facilities were tested in five (5) Kampala public schools, where the students enjoyed them because of their impressive looks, triggering curiosity and promotion of group routines and social interactions. WASHaLOTs 3.0 are locally prefabricated, can be quickly installed, are easy in maintenance and repair.
In this publication the WASHaLOT 3.0 Production Note and WASHaLOT 3.0 UsersGuide have been adapted to the Ugandan context. At present, the developers of the WASHaLOT 3.0 technology, GIZ’s Sustainable Sanitation Programme and the Regional Fit for School Programme, further research on options how to adapt the WASHaLOT technology to meet all criteria of design standards related to pandemic prevention.
Catégorie : Hygiène en milieu scolaire