Water Journal : Water Journal April 2012
refereed paper international projects water APRIL 2012 131 mid-2012. To date, the use of separated urine for fertiliser has largely not been accepted. Over the coming summer, MSABI will invest in working closely with the 25 pioneer users to demonstrate the advantages of recycling fertiliser -- and prove the concept to the wider village community. If this is not successful, then MSABI will recommend converting the compost latrines to septic systems with shallow irrigation. There has been ready acceptance by schools of the large two-stage septic treatment systems with mound irrigation. These systems are pour- flush. Schoolchildren learn about the advantages of recycling wastewater through involvement with banana and papaya plantations grown around the irrigation system. Positive testimonies from schools have relayed similar stories with increased attendance at school linked to reduced time collecting water and lower illness rates due to drinking safe water and accessing safe sanitation. There has also been a general improvement in children's cleanliness and hygiene linked to availability of water for washing and clean sanitation. Future directions MSABI will keep following its vision of helping to improve the health of rural communities in Tanzania and internationally. The NGO will continue its present activities and explore new business-orientated community-based interventions that will improve health, increase local skills and stimulate the local economy. Training courses on water and sanitation for advanced professionals (Tanzanian and foreign) are planned for 2012. The NGO has strengthened relationships with its strategic partners and is in contact with potential new donor organisations and with the Tanzanian government to develop and expand its services and, therefore, improve access to safe water and sanitation to more and more people. Partnerships MSABI is proud to be associated and partnered with GHD, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania Breweries Limited, Novartis Foundation, Kilombero District Government, Engineers without Borders-UK, Global Development Group and USAID. For additional information please contact: email@example.com or visit: www.msabi.org or www.tanzaniawater. blogspot.com The Author Dale Young (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Wastewater Process Engineer with GHD, Australia. Dale's wife, a doctor, went to Tanzania on a medical mission and he accompanied her. While there he was appalled at the poor standard of basic health. He stayed on and is still working hard there to spread the message. msabinews@gmail. com gives regular updates. References Hutton G & Haller C, 2004: Evaluation of the Costs and Benefits of Water and Sanitation Improvements at the Global Level, © World Health Organization WHO/SDE/WSH/04.04. Skinner J, 2009: Where every drop counts: Tackling rural Africa's water crisis, International Institute for Environment and Development, Briefing paper http://pubs.iied.org/ pdfs/17055IIED.pdf Young D & Ochre P, 2010: Sustainable Success in Rural Tanzania. Water Journal, 37(5), pp 71--74.
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