Humanitarian sanitation: Developing a treatment and disposal solution

Humanitarian sanitation: Developing a treatment and disposal solution

Access to sanitation has been and still is one of the most pressing issues, before and during humanitarian response. In many emergency situations access to adequate sanitation is one of the strongest determinants of survival by people directly affected by the emergency.  When disaster strikes they are often trapped in extreme conditions, putting them at very high health risk because of the collapse of crucial sanitation infrastructure. This situation tends to persist for a prolonged period after the disaster due to inadequate humanitarian response. At times, especially in difficult contexts such as urban disasters or flooding, humanitarian actors lack sufficient capacity to ensure affected people have access to an adequate sanitation chain. The main objective of the project is to develop a functional humanitarian sanitation chain by contributing to further optimalisation of  the current elevated toilets (kits) and de-sludging equipment, and specifically developing a cost-effective, rapid-deployable, low-tech and effective method for treatment and safe disposal of faecal sludge. The team moreover “develops and tests a rapid-deployable,  scalable and  effective solution to treat and dispose  fecal sludge in complex humanitarian (urban) settings that is compatible with the humanitarian sanitation chain, thereby increasing the impact and reducing the cost of emergency response.”

Focus areas

Health and Sanitation
Ensure the health of affected people.

Smart Use of Data
Increase the impact of humanitarian aid through smart use of data.

Assist affected people to be in charge of their own future.

Timely Response
Timely delivery of humanitarian supplies to affected people.

Safety and Protection
Ensure the safety of affected people and humanitarian staff.


Explore all projects