The provision of washing and toilet facilities with improved treatment of human waste and wastewater to reduce gut infections and waterborne illnesses.

Until 2016, these projects were HH’s and all projects will be continued by HH O/S.

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In late 2013, with the support of WorldSkills (WS) trades, WorldSkills Foundation (WSF) and Healthabitat (HH), the local partner SAFE (Simple Action for the Environment) completed construction of two trial wash and toilet buildings each with a different waste treatment system. Data on use and water volumes passing through the systems has been regularly forwarded to HH.

After 8 months of operation and during the 2014 wet season HH evaluated the effectiveness of the systems by establishing a local water testing laboratory in the village and carrying out regular wastewater testing.

The results showed 0 (zero) E. coli at the water pump points and radically lower E. coli readings at the effluent discharge points from the septic tanks (<200 E. coli) compared with all other samples tested from community water sources (school playgrounds, rice fields, standing water pools by the roadways) that all showed readings of >1600 E. coli.

HH and SAFE have completed 8 washing and toilet units: the 2 trial units that were tested and 6 units using a fully revised design.


Bangladesh Sanitation and Health Project

Stage 1 - 2 completed toilets, wash areas and waste water systems (septic) were evaluated over 6 months; these became the prototypes for an ongoing village sanitation program. The evaluation proved the success of the waste treatment system and changes needed in the general building design.

Stage 2 -  The construction of 6 re-designed units is now completed. Click to download report.

Build Bangladesh, a Bangladeshi social business, wants to use the developed design to add to housing programs in rural (and later urban) Bangladesh. The Australian Housing for Health model has been proposed for the ongoing maintenance of government housing in Dhaka.