World Toilet Summit 2012: Liveblog

November 29, 2012

Welcome to the PHLUSH liveblog of the World Toilet Summit 2012. PHLUSH volunteer Abby Brown is liveblogging the event from Durban, South Africa on December 4 to December 6. Click Read more below for the latest updates. The event program is located here. [Please remember the time difference – Durban is ten hours ahead of Oregon.] If you want her to cover a specific topic, please leave a comment on this post. Happy reading!


Wed, 05 Dec 2012 22:40:08

Happy news. Dr. Pathak and #Sulabh to construct over 600 toilets in each African country. #WTS2012

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 04:02:52

Now on to workshop on Sustainable Hygiene for Schools and Health led by Therese Dooley and @lou4loos. #WTS2012 #WorldToiletSummit

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 03:19:36

Follow these twitterers for coverage from World Toilet Summit 2012: @looguy007, @mcoertzen, @m2power3, @garethcliff, @deonstow, @wandise, @breyton5, @enviroloo, @stevolmages, @lou4los, and more. Now two hashtags: #WTS2012 and #WorldToiletSummit.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 03:08:01

WSSCC collaborations for sanitation equity. Sanitation and Water for all. Global Sanitation Fund. Great WASH Yatra. Etc. #WTS2012

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 03:06:38

Amanda from WSSCC says barriers to sanitation are physical (access to door or taps), institutional (legality), economic (expensive), social (norms or stigma). #WTS2012

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 03:06:25

Sanitation is a human right, target those excluded for high impact, better facilities to reach mean of all covered.#WTS2012

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 03:06:08

Less sanitation data on excluded groups. Invisible groups: women, young, elderly, those with HIV/AIDS, disabled, some social groups.#WTS2012

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 02:12:04

Amanda Marlin from WSSCC talks Sanitation Equity and Inclusion. equity: all people equal + inclusion: everyone’s included. #WTS2012

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 01:05:07

Forgotten hygiene diseases (besides diarrhea) = worms, trachoma, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, respiratory infections.#WTS2012

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 01:04:28

Therese Dooley @UNICEF presents sanitation/hygiene/schools  = less disease, increase attendance, increase performance, economic growth . #WTS2012

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 01:03:01

Therese Dooley @UNICEF presents sanitation/hygiene/schools  = less disease, increase attendance, increase performance, economic growth. #WTS2012

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:09:42

#Unilever projects include: Toilets for Health white paper, Domestos Toilet Academy, Domestos and UNICEF efforts with product proceeds, and renovation of toilets in schools, Cleaner Toilets Brighter Future campaign, Lifebouy campaign. [links forthcoming]

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:56:29

Domestos Day at #WTS2012. Unilever Sustainable Living Plan 2020: 1) halve environmental footprint, 2) source sustainable materials 3) help 1 billion people improve health.

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 12:25:05

Short clip of Lloyd Cele and Field Band Foundation with students from Waterloo Primary School. Opening talent at World Toilet Summit 2012. Field Band is an organization for underprivileged kids and music. Lloyd was a runner up on South African Idol.

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 12:01:20

See selections of Amanda’s talk @ WTS2012 calling for humans to think about toilets: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. She says: “Let us all join hands, big and small, and play our part to make sure every school has good clean toilets for boys and girls. You know, we girls we value our safety and we like our privacy.”

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 11:53:35

Reflecting on #WTS2012 today. Wise words from little girl of Waterloo Primary in South Africa reminded us all why we are here:

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 07:59:29

Demand-driven sanitation often succeeds while supply-driven sanitation often fails. See #WTS2012

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 07:54:29

PHLUSH friend and Ashoka Fellow Trevor Mulaudzi states need 4 official SA sanitation dept. called Ministry of Sanitation to enforce SA human right to toilet. #WTS2012

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 07:06:38

At lunchbreak – @Sulabh International shows affluent from their decentralized toilet treatment system. Pretty clean. #WTS2012

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 03:08:18

Poll results on world sanitation leaders: Prince of Orange, Kamal Kar, Minster Mutumgamba, and YOU. Local leaders needed says Piers Cross. #WTS2012

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 02:59:08

Piers Cross and Amanda Marlin (WSSCC) – 612 million Africans w/ no safe sanitation, 222 million Africans defecate in open. #WTS2012

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 02:30:58

3 Sulabh International technologies/programs: local twin pit toilet, scavenger empowerment, biogas from toilets. @Sulabh #WTS2012

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 02:19:43

Dr. Pathak of Sulabh International embraces Gandhian ideals – toilets for all and empowering SC past scavengers to new jobs. #WTS2012

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 02:02:28

Met Ephy Imbali over tea-break from CABDA in Kenya. They work for toilets using CLTS. #WTS2012.  They’re looking for comm. intern. Any takers?

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 01:27:57

Social Justice Award for Jack Sim WTO and Humanitarian Award for Alife Heeger SATO. Wonderful. #WTS2012.

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 01:26:06

Kahlil Gibran quote: You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. #WTS2012

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 01:19:56

#WTS2012 Toilet Design Award: Sabine Schober from Hamburg Germany with 50,000 USD prize.

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 01:19:17

#WTS2012 Hall of Fame Awards: Piers Cross (AfricaSan, etc.), Indonesia (Clean and Hygiene Restroom Movement), John Lane (Water Aid, WSSCC, etc.).

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 01:09:20

Less 20% w/ public sewer in SA, but sanitation is priority project of government says Dep. Min. Human Settlements Zou Kota-Fredericks. #WTS2012

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:56:41

Chair Human Settlements Mrs. Beauty Dambuza says latrine design often too expensive for poor. Right product/demand stimulation essential. #WTS2012

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:50:03

Mrs. Beauty Dambuza says sanitation not only provision of toilets, but should include health/hygiene/sanitation programs. #WTS2012

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:36:18

Durban Mayor James Nxumalo says African countries w/ least coverage of toilets in world. Sanitation is human right in South Africa. #WTS2012

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:27:15

Quote from Jack Sim. Join hands to solve world sanitation crisis. Everyone must work together not alone. Share local knowledge, public policies, technologies, supply distribution channels to build locals capacity to help themselves. Must transform into marketplace and drive demand with CLTS and follow with supplies

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:26:26

Opening thoughts from Jack Sim of WTO. 1st visit of annual #WTS2012 to Africa since November 19, 2001.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 23:57:30

Welcome by Alfie Heeger from South African Toilet Organization. “Most African countries to fail 2015 MDG goals.” In time of #WTS2012, 5,520 babies will die from diarrhea.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 23:51:59

11% of all South Africans do not have toilets – outstanding and saddening.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 22:07:44

Day One of #WTS2012. Met Gabriel of Bio Sewage Systems. They use bio-technology for decentralized wastewater treatment and re-use [90,000 Rand at 20,000 Litres/Day]

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 07:44:42

Just arrived to Durban for World Toilet Summit 2012. Registration opens at 7 am tomorrow (that’s 9 pm Monday for Pacific Time Zone folks). Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is giving the opening speech, and there’s going to be a gigantic expo floor featuring innovative sanitation designs. In the meantime, I’m recovering from jet lag and enjoying the Durban skyline. See below panoramic picture taken outside today. This port city seems pretty amazing!



2 Responses to World Toilet Summit 2012: Liveblog

  1. Rebecca Koffman (@RebeccaKoffman) on December 3, 2012 at 7:57 am

    @PortlandPHLUSH that’s my hometown! Love to talk to you about it when you get back to PDX.

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Our Mission Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH helps local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability and to prepare for a pipe-breaking seismic event with appropriate ecological toilet systems.

Our Vision Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.

Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) was founded in Portland, Oregon and today collaborates with groups across North America.

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