When faecal sludge reuse doesn’t work: a look at access for the poorest and people with disabilities in urban Malawi
conference contributionposted on 2018-11-08, 10:50 authored by Adrian Mallory, Rochelle Holm, Martin Crapper
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.
The authors would like to extend thanks to The Bomford Trust and ESPRC for funding this research.
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