The FAST project, a cooperation between the Austrian Red Cross and Butyl Products Ltd, aims to increase the visibility of the faecal sludge monitoring field lab within the community by organising a peer campaign and hosting a field school.
The developed field lab methods and equipment for Faecal Sludge (FS) Treatment monitoring are not yet widely known in the WASH sector. Humanitarian Aid organisations have yet to become more efficient and effective in implementing Faecal Sludge (FS) Treatment and monitoring and develop capacities in this relatively new field of emergency sanitation. This requires a broader discourse on the overall importance of FS treatment and monitoring in emergencies. Also, continuous technical refinement and contextualisation of developed methods and equipment through further use is needed.
The developed faecal sludge (FS) monitoring field lab will enable immediate monitoring of FS treatment plants in emergencies to ensure effective processes and early detection of defaults. FS field lab methods and equipment are crucial to support Humanitarian Aid organisations in their overall responsibility to ensure public health. Results of the FS field lab will provide a strong basis for general awareness raising on appropriate FS management in emergencies. Within the FAST project a peer campaign will increase the visibility of the field lab in the WASH community and a field school will start capacity building in Sub-Sahara African RCRC societies.
The peer campaign aims to increase the visibility of the field lab and further engage the HumAid community in the overall discussion on the importance of safe FS management in emergencies. Platforms, such as conferences or HumAid summits and newsletters will be used to reach this goals.
The training videos will cover an introduction, structure of the lab, sampling methods, analytical methods and background information for the lab
modules of public health, process control and end-use. It is planned to sustainably increase human capacities for the operation of the FS field lab through the production of training videos and a regional field school.
The field school will be set in sub-Saharan Africa, as several protracted crises pose a challenge to sanitation, and it is a focal region of AutRC. The field school will be hosted by a RCRC society, selected by an advisor board.
The “Field lab wider Applied for Sludge Treatment” project, FAST for short, is a HIF diffusion project and the follow up to the Microbial Sludge Quality (MSQ) project. In the MSQ project the project consortium led by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and consisting of the Austrian Red Cross, WASTE NL and Butyl Products LTD developed a field laboratory for the process and public health monitoring of faecal sludge treatment plants.View
The 8th Emergency Environmental Health Forum (EEHF) is the scientific counterpart and follow on of the Global Wash Cluster Meeting. The conference was organised by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and was set in the Berlin Meliá Hotel.View
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