Community leaders: a vital bridge between residents and city authorities

By Dinis Namburete, Community Development Specialist, Mozambique At WSUP, we often talk about the vital role of utilities, governments and businesses in improving basic services for low-income residents. But there’s another group that plays an important a role: community-based organisations. For the residents of Aeroporto B, a low-income bairro on the edge of Maputo, Rogério […]

The pathogen problem

In many cities, people’s living and working environments are contaminated by huge amounts of untreated faecal waste. We know that excreta (human and non-human) is incredibly dangerous for health. But the pathogens found in faecal waste (i.e. the micro-organisms that cause diseases like diarrhoea, typhoid and hepatitis) have very complex patterns of movement through the […]

New film for World Toilet Day: towards the 80% in Ga West, Ghana

Complex problems require multi-faceted responses. In Ga West, Ghana, we are creating a public-private response to sanitation. The challenge is significant: like other urban centres in Ghana, around 80% of the population lacks access to a clean, safe toilet. This has serious consequences for people’s dignity, health and ability to work or attend school. But […]

The devastating impact of poor wastewater management

Ahead of World Toilet Day, our CEO looks into the impact of poor wastewater treatment and highlights ways in which cities can improve sanitation management. By Neil Jeffery, Chief Executive When people in the most developed cities flush the toilet, they have the luxury of not having to wonder where the wastewater goes to next. […]

A public toilet in Kumasi, Ghana

New guide to make toilets better for women and girls by WaterAid, WSUP and UNICEF

The requirements of women and girls are too often ignored in the planning and design of toilets, leaving them unable to use the toilet where and when needed. Women have different sanitation requirements, for instance during menstruation, pregnancy and after menopause, that should be considered when designing and building public toilets. Of particular importance is […]

Female-friendly public and community toilets: a guide for planners and decision makers

The female-friendly guide written by WaterAid, UNICEF and WSUP, is designed primarily for use by local authorities in towns and cities who are in charge of public and community toilets. It’s also useful for national governments, public and private service providers, NGOs, donors and civil society organisations who play a role in delivering these services. The […]

Citywide surveys of water and sanitation service levels: design and methodology

This publication describes the methodology used by WSUP in citywide surveys of water and sanitation service levels in 7 cities in 2017/2018. These were surveys designed to give an assessment of water and sanitation service levels across the city, with a particular focus on low-income areas. Surveys were relatively low-cost with total sample size in each […]

Modelling faecal pathogen flows in urban environments

Aims This work will develop a modelling approach that, if demonstrated to generate reliable predictions, can support context-specific decision-making around the most cost-effective interventions to reduce disease burden due to faecal pathogens in low-income urban contexts. Read more This project will build on a previous concept study commissioned by the Urban Sanitation Research Initiative that […]

Keep your hands clean! Preventing diseases, saving lives

The practice of handwashing with soap is a vital habit; it prevents diseases and saves lives. In the cities where WSUP works, it is not uncommon to have just one functioning toilet for every 300 children. And cramped urban schools can be a focal point of disease. Handwashing with soap is therefore a key way […]

Empowering adolescent girls through user-centred design

Well-designed school toilets lay the foundation to change children’s hygiene behaviour. Through user-centred design approaches, WSUP is working to best create facilities that are appropriate for girls to better manage their menstrual hygiene needs. In Madagascar, around 40% of schools in the country lack latrines and the ones that exist are often not optimally designed […]