Kibera Working Group's WATSAN Solution profile

Kibera Working Group's WATSAN Solution

University of Denver

The lack of hygienic sanitation facilities in slums is a primary cause of 1.5 million child deaths each year; improved sanitation facilities could reduce diarrheal deaths in young children by more than a third. The Kibera Working Group, a collaboration of University of Denver faculty and graduate students, Nairobi-based water and sanitation company Ecotact, and the Rotary Clubs of Denver Southeast and Langata-Nairobi is working toward the goal of improved sanitation facilities in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.

The team believes that the high failure rate among water and sanitation (WATSAN) projects in the developing world has much to do with settling for the construction of facilities as the desired outcome instead of focusing on improving health outcomes and sustaining operations through a framework that integrates hygiene, governance and business planning. The team’s model for Kibera relies on specific innovations in facilities management, governance, and hygiene promotion that should constitute a replicable minimum standard for sustainable activity.

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