WHO newly revised Guidelines on sanitation and health now include CBS services as part of the portfolio of options for ensuring full-chain, safely managed sanitation.

The guidelines provide comprehensive advice on maximizing the health impact of sanitation interventions, summarizing the evidence on the links between sanitation and health, providing evidence-informed recommendations, and offering guidance for international, national and local sanitation policies and programme actions. The guidelines also articulate and support the role of health authorities in sanitation policy and programming to help ensure that health risks are identified and managed effectively.

The resource aims to support national and local authorities responsible for the safety of sanitation systems and services, including policy makers, planners, implementers within and outside the health sector and those responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of sanitation standards and regulations.

The inclusion of CBS follows work that CBS providers have been doing with with WHO and local government partners to conduct World Health Organization Sanitation Safety Planning. This is a modular risk assessment process used to systematically understand and mitigate health-related hazards for each link of the sanitation chain.

Read Fact Sheet 8: Urine-diverting dry toilet and container-based sanitation with off-site treatment of all contents included in the annex on p181 for further detail. 

See SOIL’s Sanitation Safety Plan and read about the project on their blog

Categories: WHO