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Equity and Inclusion WASH Technical guide

posted Apr 17, 2013, 12:14 AM by Nantege Ashabrick   [ updated Apr 17, 2013, 7:07 AM ]
ATC and WaterAid partnered to carry out a project aimed at mainstreaming access to WASH by, among other activities, producing a technical guide. This project is based on the premise that access to WASH is a human right and that the conventional design of facilities does not cater for some minority groups of people in society such as the disabled, elderly, little children, chronically ill, menstruating women to mention but a few.  The first phase of this project included consultations with key stakeholders in the wash sector, desk study and literature review and technical audit of sampled households and institutions.

Results indicate that; some of the identified factors responsible for the inequitable access to WASH services include; the absence of regulation or policy, utter insensitivity, dominance of private sector players in WASH sector, perceived minority of marginalized groups and the lack of best-practice models to emulate.

The identified panacea to the plight of marginalized groups in WASH lies in the increased sensitization of the masses in order to increase awareness and concern, popularizing of universal model inclusive designs, modification of existing facilities and constant supervision and inspection of new designs.