Sanitation and hygiene post open defecation free quality assurance and sustainability; a systems evaluation of Zambia

Zambia has been pursuing attainment of a country Open defecation Free (ODF) status by 2020. In 2016 the national sanitation and hygiene agenda was aligned with the vision 2030 and the aspiration extended to 2030. The goal realignment amidst declining donor financing for the sanitation sector inspires a more focused evaluation of the risk in attaining and sustaining countrywide ODF status with quality. In this article, I explore the dynamics in quality assurance and sustainability for rural sanitation and dare a dream for the sector.

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Out of pocket payment or subsidy? A curious cross road for toilet markets

Introduction Efforts at leaving no one behind in access to sanitation and hygiene has evidenced myriads of  interventions overtime. Innovative approaches have been used to galvanise community wide action towards elimination of open defecation. However, the elderly, the disabled, female headed households, the poor and communities marginalised by geographical location, unavailability of appropriate products and… Continue reading Out of pocket payment or subsidy? A curious cross road for toilet markets

Toilets and the people; clean voices from the field

The need to own and use a toilet has strongly been founded in most communities, but however not many translate this knowledge to actual access. In this blog I explore community systems and household motivators for household access to sanitation and hygiene in Lulu village; an open defecation free (ODF) community.  Lulu is an ODF… Continue reading Toilets and the people; clean voices from the field

Mass Open Defecation Free (ODF) Verification and Certification; an intervention to record time ODF attainment

Abstract  Triggering in CLTS stimulates action by communities that should take no more than 27 weeks. However, evidence suggests that most programmes fail to have ODF communities in the specified period and instead wrestle with the challenges brought about by the dynamisms of CLTS and ODF pursuits. This paper follows an innovation on reigniting community… Continue reading Mass Open Defecation Free (ODF) Verification and Certification; an intervention to record time ODF attainment

Handwashing with soap consumption; a consumer insight

“Wow! I need this handwashing station, please sell it to me”, exclaimed Mr Simuyota Simatoni upon noticing the new handwashing station at the training site for sanitation marketing in Shemu village. Mr Simuyota, like many of his peers in Shemu ward, gathered at Shemu rural Health Post of Nakonde district in amusement at the toilet… Continue reading Handwashing with soap consumption; a consumer insight

Sanitation financing; narrowing the gap

I have for long entertained the thought that more advocacy on appropriate sanitation interventions is essential to realise better health outcomes. However, like any sales strategy, the sanitation sector needs a well-articulated sales mechanism armed with appraised evidence of proposed interventions in luring would be funders, advocators, implementers and institutional reform agents. Evidence of value… Continue reading Sanitation financing; narrowing the gap

Unmasking the hygiene promotion sustainability myth

Sustainable sanitation and hygiene behavioural change has increasingly become a thorny topic in the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. The Sustainable Development Goal 6.2 is providing a global landscape for efforts in universal access to safely managed sanitation and hygiene. In the wake of this ambitious attempt at leaving no one behind, this blog… Continue reading Unmasking the hygiene promotion sustainability myth