Sanitation and Cleanliness for a Healthy EnvironmentJeff Conant | 2016
This selected material from Hesperian's Community Guide to Environmental Health offers information on basic sanitation and hygiene, including instructions on building safe, affordable, environmentally-friendly sanitation systems, as well as learning activities to help communities understand and prevent sanitation-related health problems. Also available in Spanish and French.
“To improve health in a lasting way, health promoters must listen carefully and work with people in the community.”— Sanitation and Cleanliness for a Healthy Environment
Every community has ways of dealing with human waste. And poor sanitation leads to a variety of health problems. This 49-page guide addresses the problems of poor sanitation and hygiene and offers solutions through community participation and the use of local resources and skills. The strategies provided offer safe, affordable and environmentally sound methods of maintaining a healthy community. It explains in detail, and with numerous drawings, how to build six different types of composting, dry, closed pit, and pour-flush pit toilets.
This resource is designed to be an important part of the UN Development Programme’s Community Water Initiative, stimulating communities to take charge of their sanitation development for a better life.
Praise for A Community Guide to Environmental Health"This timely guide is the Where There Is No Doctor of community water, sanitation and environmental health. It makes water, health and hygiene accessible to those who need it most. Focusing on the important intersection of public health and risk reduction at the community level FOR the community, this guide is literally a lifesaver."
— Miriam Aschkenasy, MD, MPH, Public Health Specialist, Oxfam America
"You have produced something quite extraordinary. The Community Guide will certainly be much used for the benefit of poor communities around the world. Too little has been done to provide this type of practical and useful information to communities. The human rights approach in the guide is especially useful."
— Ingvar Andersson, former Head of Water Division, Swedish International Development Cooperation (Sida)
"A Community Guide to Environmental Health will restore hope in communities that they can play active roles in preserving environmental health and by so doing, stay healthy. With this excellent guide, community people can now learn how to protect themselves and also know what projects to resist in their communities. A very timely publication."
— Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria
“This book shows the myriad ways in which water is essential to health, and how our health is threatened by those who would deny our right to water through privatization, pollution, and profiteering. An incredible educational and organizing tool in the struggle for water democracy and global survival.”
— Maude Barlowe, Director and Co-Founder, Blue Planet Project; and National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
"A Community Guide to Environmental Health, another great book of the Hesperian Foundation on helping communities, especially poor and marginalized communities, is a welcome and very useful guide in addressing seemingly common but aggravating environmental health issues in the everyday lives of people that don’t have access to formal and expensive health care programs. This book offers inexpensive and practical and environment-friendly ways to handle health and environment problems in the home, workplace and in the community in general."
— Sonia Mendoza, Director, Mother Earth Foundation, Philippines