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VIP in Zimbabwe story from IRC Newsletter no 143, 1983 makes new situation analysis

Published on: 07/07/2011

A quote from the IRC Newsletter 143  from May/June 1983 is being used in 2011 in a new situational analysis of water and sanitation technology in Africa.

The two problems with pit latrines are flies, which carry disease, and odour. The ventilated improved pit latrine, better known as VIP Latrine, is an improved version which overcomes the chief disadvantages of the conventional design. The VIP latrine was developed between 1973 and 1976 by the Blair Research Laboratories at Harare, Zimbabwe….”.

In: Highlights from 35 years of joint learning 2 - 1979 -1983 published in Source Bulletin 31, September 2003 http://www.source.irc.nl/page/3951.

This quote from the IRC Newsletter 143  May/June is being used in 2011 in a new situational analysis of water and sanitation technology in Africa.

Alison Parker shared the story.

“The story is that Cranfield are part of an EU FP7 consortium with IRC and others for the the WASHTech project. Cranfield are writing a situational analysis of water and sanitation technology in Africa. Various colleagues have written sections, and I have been editing it and also sorting out the reference list. One of my colleagues spotted the following article: http://www.source.irc.nl/page/3951 And I wanted to chase the original newsletter as a full reference!

There are of course lots of other IRC documents referenced as well – it has certainly proved to be a good resource for this particular study.”

Source: Alison Parker, Academic Fellow in International Water and Sanitation Centre for Water Science, Cranfield University, email exchange June 2011.

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Technologies (WASHTech) project was launched in early 2011. To find out more about it see the short article in Source Bulletin Assessing impact of new WASH technology innovations in Africa of March 2011 at http://www.source.irc.nl/page/62493.