A series of communications tools promoting best practice in sanitation
Studies have shown that agencies are failing to properly consult the users of the latrines they build, leading many people (especially women and girls) to stop using those latrines as they find them inaccessible, unsuitable and/or unsafe. To address this, the Oxfam WASH team has developed the following resources to promote best practice in sanitation and ultimately provide universal guidance for the benefit of the sector.
What is Sani Tweaks?
Recent research across our refugee response programmes has shown that a worrying number of women and girls are not using the latrines we provide. Low sanitation usage rates mean that we are not meeting the needs of the communities we work with and will additionally result in increased public health risks in emergency situations.
To address this, the Oxfam WASH team has developed a series of communications tools that seek to promote best practices in sanitation. The 'tweaks' highlighted by the series are intended to inform technical staff, to encourage continuous improvement and ultimately inspire a more effective approach to the design and construction of latrines. For it is such small improvements that will make the difference between whether a woman or girl uses the latrine or not.
Who is it for?
The series is aimed at technical WASH staff at field level, with the aim of encouraging proactive and practical implementation of the best practices highlighted. It is also very much intended to be used as universal guidance by all agencies and adapted to suit individual needs.
The following is a list of Sani Tweaks resources.
- Sani Tweaks checklist;
- an illustrated version (in English and French)
- an animated version (see video below); and
- a series of technical videos (see episode 1).
All are available in both English and French. For more information about the Sani Tweaks series, please contact us.