Community Waste and Sanitation Management

by Johanny PĂ©rez on 25th November, 2011 at 1:23 AM CEST

Picture credit: UNHCR

Aspiring to a good quality of life includes a sort of issues; access to sanitation, clean water and waste management services has an important relevance to assure a general well-being.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines sanitation as the availability and accessibility of facilities and services that allow a safe disposal of wastes, so that a good health condition can be provided. The German Act about waste defines it as: "any material that can be discarded because it has become obsolete and has little or no value to the individual who discards it".

Wastes have a wide branch of classification from domestic to health care and radioactive wastes. The United Nations (U.N.) estimates that worldwide annual waste production reaches more than 1 billion tons. The composition of these wastes include mainly: paper, food scraps and plastics. USA is the main producer of waste in the world, generating it at a rate of 730 kg/ inh.* year.

Improper waste management and lack of sanitation services can provoke serious health hazards, some cases are: wastewater streams with pharmaceutical pollutants from residential, industrial and agricultural sectors, also, leachate from landfills that are not properly drained or post-treated which can pollute underground waters, soils and its ecology, afterwards, people that are in contact with these water sources.

Most common water and sanitation related diseases include: diarrhea, cholera, intestinal worms, schistosomiasis, trachoma, typhoid, hepatitis and ascariasis. According to the WHO, only diarrhea causes 3% of all deaths worldwide, 99.7% of these deaths happen in developing countries and 94% of them occur among children; this is why in July 2010, the U.N. General Assembly approved by unanimity that access to clean water and sanitation is a human right.

Due to the serious impact of wastes and lack of sanitation have on health, it is important that not just policy makers, but also, each individual and community get concerned about them, so to protect our generation’s life.

A community sanitation initiative has been made from 2002 in Nepal, where only 39% of the population has access to latrines. With the support of humanitarian organizations, it has been installed a pilot project at Lalitpur district, installing more than 600 Ecosan (Ecological Sanitation) units which after sanitizing urines and feces, treated safe products are used for agricultural processes.

Here is another community case of “Improving Education: Through Water & Sanitation in Bangladesh (BRAC)”

Here are some tips for youth health and environmentalists saviors:

  1. Identify and get involved with young people, local leaders, or community programs that are already working on this issue locally
  2. Arrange public discussions on local waste situation and health risks. Raise awareness on the importance of waste classification and hygiene
  3. Before eating any fruit or fresh vegetable, wash them with plenty clean water
  4. Create a plan to collect recyclable wastes and a strategy for a profitable market and/or appropriate disposal

If we start from a local and an individual attitude, it is possible to then create a big mass of aware and hygienic communities. Are you ready to assume the challenge for a sustainable community waste and sanitation management? LET’S DO IT!!!

~ Johanny from Dominican Republic, C:F Action Team #7, Health Saviours

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Kaushal Joshi

Kaushal Joshi | Action team

Really your sharing makes me vigilant towards this critical issue.

Tips are dynamic !! m Impressed :) Great work Johanny

Lets be a Leader in contributing to a greener environment. :)

25th November, 2011 @ 11:28 AM CEST

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra | Action team

Thumbs up Kaushal!!

By the way, I have just read that there is something called "The World Walks for Water and Sanitation", from 17 to 25 March 2012, in which thousands of people will walk together to demand political change. More info: http://www.worldwalksforwater. org/eng/

This could be also a local action in this issue ;)

25th November, 2011 @ 12:29 PM CEST



Very good work Johanny, love your topic and the Health Saviours are really making waves in C:F's buzz section.

"Health is Wealth."

25th November, 2011 @ 1:02 PM CEST

Reshma Surve

Reshma Surve | Action team

Really appreciable work dear...! awesome video..! keep rocking...

27th November, 2011 @ 8:26 PM CEST

Kayode Nubi

Kayode Nubi | Action team | CF Chapters

Awesome! I love this write up - especially the opening photo. Thanks for 'em tips - action steps. U rock!

29th November, 2011 @ 9:05 AM CEST

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra | Action team

Alles gut!!
Peace and love, and let's ROCK!!!! ;)

30th November, 2011 @ 10:23 AM CEST

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