WaterSan Perspective
June 23, 2014

Up to 2.2 million deaths per year are caused by sanitation related illness and diseases, with a high percentage being children under the age of 5. It is because over 2.5 billion people – roughly 36 per cent of the world’s population – still lack what many people take for granted: access to adequate sanitation.

Having that in mind, Dunster House Ltd, a leading manufacturer of timber garden buildings in the UK, has designed new sanitation solutions for humanitarian aid and international development.

The company has recently got involved in a charity project in cooperation with Oxfam and has already started launching its Raised Latrines and Latrine Superstructures to Sudan and Central African Republic.

A raised Latrine Superstructure designed by Dunster House Ltd

Dunster House Director Chris Murphy believes these products could provide potential solutions for many other communities across the globe. “Our latrines offer full privacy and security that allows individuals to have access to a dignified toilet facility.

They are ideal for domestic and communal use during the interim stage following an emergency situation”, he said.

Dunster House Raised Latrine has been designed for built up urban areas and locations with rocky ground or high water table. It features stairs which can be positioned from the front or side.

The raised platform and waste collection tanks present a stable construction for multiple cubicles – Latrine Superstructures which can be also securely positioned on top of a 800mmx1200mm Squat Plate or Trench Latrine.

Latrine Superstructures can be also used to replace previous toilet facilities that have been damaged during a crisis. The construction is light weight and easily transported.

A pit toilet at a public school in Mbarara, Uganda. Up to 2.5 billion people — one in three people in the world — do not have a toilet or access to sustainable sanitation

Chris Murphy explained: “We are continuing to work hard on our new humanitarian solutions, to help to tackle the sanitation crisis.

Our mission is to help resolve as many sanitation issues as possible. That’s why we keep expanding our range – to suit different needs and requirements”.

Dunster House ltd, established in 1994, is the UK’s largest Garden Building Company, one of the largest UK Timber Climbing Frame Companies and produces many other successful and diverse product lines.

Water Journalists Africa

Water Journalists Africa (WJA) is the largest network of journalists reporting on water in the African continent. It brings together some 700 journalists from 50 African countries. It was established in 2011 in Cape Town South Africa with support from the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication.

WJA is legitimately registered as an NGO with Uganda’s National Bureau for NGOs (NGO Bureau)

It is governed by a board of governors and an advisor body. The two bodies meet regularly to review the organization’s programs and projects.

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