Rakhine State, Myanmar, 11 Dec 2018

Tiger Worm Toilet for humanitarian camps

Oxfam and IHE Delft are developing the Tiger Worm Toilet (TWT) in Rakhine State, Myanmar. A Technical Dissemination Workshop was held on 17th October and attended by Government officials, international and national WASH actors, local students from the technical college, and by several Tiger Worm Toilet users themselves.

The innovation has been proven successful in the household sanitation level and will be used at an communal sanitation level, appropriate for use in humanitarian camps. This will help meet the need for an economically and environmentally sustainable sanitation alternative to the commonly used pit latrine in humanitarian camps – particularly as camp longevity is increasing.

The day began with an overview of why Rakhine State had been chosen, what the sanitation context was, and what the project was aiming to achieve overall. They looked in detail at the similarities and differences between regular pit latrines and TWTs, including the worm species that can digest faeces.

The technical manual for the Tiger Worm Toilet was presented by its creator and designer, Christian Snoad. This manual is a key outcome of the project, providing a ‘pick up and go’ pack to be used by other WASH stakeholders – thus increasing the potential of the innovation for replication and scale.

This text was originally posted on the website of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund and authored by Benedict Wood, Humanitarian Programme Support for Oxfam in Myanmar. Read the full article here.

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