• Gerlach, E., Mallaghan, A., Mbalo, D., Büürma, M., Surridge, T.

The Climate Friendly Sanitation (CFS) project provided support to stakeholders to develop on-site sanitation (OSS) and safe fecal sludge management (FSM) in Lusaka, Zambia. The project started in December 2016 and was implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in the context of the large, multi-donor Lusaka Sanitation Program (LSP).


The report "Towards inclusive, green city sanitation for Lusaka - achievements and way forward" reflects on the progress and impact of the CFS activities, including the deployment of the SaniPath Tool in four neighborhoods of Lusaka. The deployment was conducted in close collaboration with Lusaka City Council (LCC) and GIZ to inform risk-basked WASH interventions. LCC managed the data collection process, including collecting environmental samples from suspected contamination pathways, facilitating surveys, and collaborating with local laboratories. The recent report highlights the impact of using the SaniPath Tool in Lusaka.


"With the information generated by the SaniPath tool, LCC is already working from a more informed perspective. Inspections are becoming risk-based. SaniPath outputs have also proved useful for public education messaging: residents are more receptive to appeals backed by hard evidence."

Virtual launch of publication:



Our colleague from Makerere University, Dr. Richard Mugambe, presented results from a SaniPath Exposure Assessment performed in Kampala, Uganda during a session at the Stockholm World Water Week Conference entitled "Tools to Support Climate-Smart Sanitation Decision-Making for the Urban Poor". During the session, Dr. Mugambe spoke alongside speakers from the Global Water Pathogen Project and HyCRISTAL about how complementary tools can be used to address important public health questions, such as "What areas of the city are predicted to have the highest health hazard from exposure to excreta?" and "What interventions can be made to reduce health risks from exposure to excreta in the environment?". These study questions were addressed in a Kampala case study to demonstrate the utility of complementary tools for climate-friendly sanitation decisions.


A link to the presentation recordings can be found here.



The SaniPath team conducted a 2-week training program from August 17-28, 2020 in collaboration with the Center for Science and Environment (CSE) in India. Our SaniPath training curriculum was adapted to a live virtual format on Zoom coupled with asynchronous assignments. A total of 59 individuals participated from 8 different countries, the majority from low-and middle-income countries in South Asia and Africa. The participants came from a variety of backgrounds and included engineers, urban planners, researchers, and other environmental health or sanitation practitioners from government, private sector, and academia.


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For more information about the SaniPath training and others hosted by CSE, visit their website: www.cseindia.org