Sanitation Solutions (SanSol) is a not-for-profit organisation, registered as an NGO in Ghana. It was formed in October 2011 by an international team of eight volunteers, all of whom share a common commitment to help improve health and sanitation in the developing world.
Inappropriate sanitation and poor hygiene practices at the household level cause severe environmental pollution and pose a substantial health risk. It is estimated that in Ghana only 13% of the population have access to improved household sanitation facilities that meet WHO standards. This is highly correlated to the premature death of approximately 19,000 Ghanaians, including 5,100 children under 5, each year from diarrhoea. The overall health care costs from inadequate sanitation in the country is estimated at 420 million GHC (223 million US$) annually (Worldbank/WSP). Additionally, uncontrolled sanitary waste disposal represents a significant soil nutrient loss. Recycling of these nutrients could stabilise soil fertility; reduce reliance on imported fertilizers and thus strengthen the security of the nation's food supply. The Ghanaian government spent in 2012 over 120 million GHC (63 million US$) to import mineral fertilizers to address the nutrient poor soil in their country. Thus, production of locally produced organic fertilizer from sanitary wastes could reduce the need to import while also creating jobs and providing a source of income. Considerable benefits can be realised by the combination of improved sanitation and nutrient cycling, however successful introduction of these concepts remains low. Strategies for confinement, treatment and composting of faecal matter to supply plant nutrients have been developed, but their integration into a system that works locally without external backup is still missing. Therefore there is a great need to develop well adapted business strategies to support sanitation and compost systems and thereby to translate their advantages into direct economic benefits. SanSol will provide clear guidelines on how to set-up and maintain sanitation systems while at the same time work with the communities to create viable and profitable business opportunities which would help to cover the costs for these solutions. This will ultimately enable local communities and partners to realise both the health and environmental benefits through implementation of sustainable sanitation solutions.
Our aim is to improve sanitation by providing a sustainable option for converting human waste into compost.
Our mission is to work with communities, individuals and organisations (including development partners) to place value on human waste and create a new business opportunity, capable of maintaining steady economic growth and ultimately improving health and sanitation. This will be achieved by;
- Building on existing technologies and partnerships and exploring new opportunities
- Harnessing potential opportunity costs
- Operational and empirical research (societal and scientific) to maximize potential benefits
- Promotion and education on health and sanitation issue
- Community engagement and ownership
Sanitation Solutions was formed in October 2011 by eight volunteers. Their nationalities are Ghanaian, German, British/Swiss and Canadian, all of whom share a common commitment to help improve health and sanitation in the developing world. Our project is intended to complement the Ghana Compact on Water and Sanitation For All Initiative, announced by the Ghanaian Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) on August 18, 2010. This, in turn, is in line with the Ghanaian Government's “commitment to providing accelerated and sustainable access to sanitation and [the] provision of safe water in the country.” The program could also be relevant and scalable for adaptation to any developing country.
Lynda Barton, Sanitation Solutions Board Member, Basel, Switzerland
Kwame Asubonteng, Sanitation Solutions Board Member and Sanitation Consultant, Ghana
Dr. Jörn Germer, Board Member, Sanitation Solutions and Dr. sc. agr., Universität Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
Eric Akosah, Sanitation Solutions Board Member and Health Coordinator, Millennium Villages Project, Ghana
Richard Yaw Agyarko, Sanitation Solutions Program Team and Consultant, Ghana
Andrew Craven, Sanitation Solutions Program Team and Communications Consultant, Basel, Switzerland
Samuel Danquah , Sanitation Solutions Program Team and Consultant, Ghana
Millenium Promise is our collaboration partner www.millenniumpromise.org/
Wolfgang Berger, Sanitations Solutions Advisor, Germany http://www.berger-biotechnik.de
Melvin Awantang, Sanitations Solutions Program Team, Ghana (2012-2016)
Karen Young, Live and Learn, Australia http://www.livelearn.org