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Adjusting toilets to the needs of the old, the pregnant and people with disabilities

Published on: 12/01/2012

This section looks into adjusting toilets to the needs of the old, the pregnant and people with disabilities.

About one in every ten people in the world has some kind of disability. A short film shows how important it is to adjust sanitation and water facilities to their conditions. Several papers give examples of toilet adjustments, such as designing a toilet for wheelchair access. WaterAid presented a special paper at the IRC/WSSCC/BRAC practitioner’s conference on sanitation and hygiene in South Asia in 2008. In Ethiopia WaterAid designed a pilot project. WaterAid also did a policy briefing note. With UWASNET they reviewed the policy in Uganda. NEWAH studied the suitability of squatting latrines for pregnant women, the elderly, overweight, sick and disabled people. The 30th WEDC conference had a paper on similar wider adjustments. A very complete resource is Water and sanitation for disabled people and other vulnerable groups: designing services to improve accessibility.

Background information and materials referred to in the article:

  • short film shows how important it is to adjust sanitation and water facilities to different disabilities (link below).
  • wheelchair access designs for toilets
  • paper by WaterAid presented at the IRC/WSSCC/BRAC practitioner’s workshop on sanitation and hygiene in 2008
  • pilot project in Ethiopia designed by WaterAid
  • policy briefing by WaterAid
  • Uganda policy reviewed by UWASNET
  • squatting latrines studied by NEWAH
  • paper for 30th WEDC conference on squatting latrines
  • complete resource called Water and sanitation for disabled people and other vulnerable groups: designing services to improve accessibility.

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