Projects

Australia – Housing for Health

LOCATION // Indigenous communities across all States & Territories except Tasmania and ACT

AIMS // Use the Housing for health survey/fix program to work with local communities to improve their homes for better health

HEALTHY LIVING PRACTICE // Safety and all the Healthy Living Practices

DETAILS // The Housing for health program survey/ fix work, R&D and maintenance on over 9,300 existing houses in 241 communities with improvements to health hardware consistently reported

BENEFICIARIES // 59, 500+ people living in these houses and the local teams trained and employed to do the work

COST // $4,000 to 11,000 AUD per house

PARTNERS // The Australian Government and departments (1999 – 2011), State Governments and departments, NSW Department Health, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Industry partners, individual Indigenous communities

IMPACT // 288,000+ items fixed or inspected in houses, 2,500+ local staff trained and employed (paid), 40% reduction in hospital separations.

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Nepal – Sanitation

LOCATION // The villages of Bhattedande, Dandagaun, Arubot, and schools in Jalapadevi, Thangpal Dap, Bhotenamlang, Lapse, and Chamkhu

AIMS //Improve sanitation to reduce gut infections, respiratory illness and improve dental health.  Strengthenhouses for future earthquakes

HEALTHY LIVING PRACTICE // Safety, HLP 1- Washing People, HLP 3- Removing wastewater safely, HLP 4- Improving nutrition, the ability to store prepare and cook food, HLP 5-  Reducing the negative impacts of crowding and HLP 6- Reducing the negative effects of animals, insects and vermin

DETAILS // Building of 137 toilets (in villages and 5 toilet facilities in schools with handwashing facilities, wastewater treatment and water storage facilities. Waste treatment reuse to produce biogas as an alternative to smoky wood-fuelled cooking in villages. Training of a local team and village subsidies to assist in the rebuilding of over 70 village family homes, using the new earthquake structural banding system

BENEFICIARIES // Over 1,000 local village residents, local work teams.  and over 1500 school students and teachers

COST //$1,500 AUD/family toilet (Village Sanitation Project), $30,000 AUD/new school toilet facility

PARTNERS // Community Health Development Society (CHDS) Nepal, HELP Nepal, IAPMO, iWSH, The Mondo Foundation, RMIT, RAWCS, The Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah, UoN, The World Plumbing Council, WorldSkills Foundation, Individual donors and the participating villages and schools

IMPACT // Functioning toilets, waste treatment systems and handwashing facilities. Alternative biogas cooking source, improved digestive and respiratory health, local staff trained and employed and safer houses in future earthquakes

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South Africa – Toilets and maintenance

LOCATION // Diepsloot, Johannesburg, South Africa

AIMS //Improve community toilets, water supply points and wastewater drains to eliminate typhoid and cholera and improve health generally

HEALTHY LIVING PRACTICE // Safety, HLP 1- Washing People, HLP2- Washing clothes and bedding, HLP 3- Removing wastewater safely, HLP4- Improving nutrition, the ability to store prepare and cook food,  HLP 5- Reducing the negative impacts of over-crowding, HLP 6- Reducing the negative effects of animals, insects and vermin

DETAILS // 101 toilet and water points upgraded and monitored with an additional 10 nearby toilets monitored as ‘control’. Upgrade works included installing water stop-valves to assist in maintenance, water meters to assess use, new cistern and pans where needed, better drainage and new tubs, new taps, new doors, wall repair, painting and groundworks to improved external access and drainage

BENEFICIARIES // 13,000+ Diepsloot residents and WASSUP the local service provider

COST // $800 AUD to replace a toilet. $200 AUD/year/toilet for maintenance

PARTNERS // Sticky Situations, WASSUP SA, WordSkills Foundation, IAPMO and IWSH

IMPACT // Local staff trained and employed, feasibility for further implementation across Diepsloot, millions of litres of water and money saved

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USA – Housing for Health

LOCATION // Brownsville, Brooklyn NY; Baca Prewitt, Navajo Nation, New Mexico; Navajo Mountain, Navajo Nation, Arizona

AIMS // Use the Housing for health methodology to establish and refine the process in different environments including urban areas

HEALTHY LIVING PRACTICE // Safety and all the Healthy Living Practices

DETAILS //Housing for health program survey/fix work, on houses and apartments with improvements to health hardware consistently reported

BENEFICIARIES //20+ families in houses and apartments in Brownsville & Navajo Nation and the local teams trained and employed to do the work

COST // Average $706 spent per apartment including all team costs and fix work in Brownsville, NY

PARTNERS // Common Ground (New York City), The Brownsville Partnership, Baca Prewitt Chapter, Navajo Nation Chapter, IWSH, DigDeep, IAPMO

IMPACT // local staff trained and employed, feasibility for 4,300 units in New York, 13 families /100 people in the Navajo Nation, successful application of Housing for health method internationally

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Bangladesh – Water and Sanitation

LOCATION // Sundarban Village, Dinajpur region, northern Bangladesh

AIMS //Design, construct and testing of new washing / toilet areas and wastewater treatment to ensure the safe disposal of human waste and wastewater to reduce gut infections and waterborne illnesses, in a high water table environment

HEALTHY LIVING PRACTICE // Safety, HLP1- Washing People, HLP 2-Washing clothes and bedding, HLP 3 Removing waste water safely

DETAILS //2 trial toilets, wash areas and wastewater systems (septic) were constructed and evaluated over 6 months. These became the prototypes for an ongoing village sanitation program. The evaluation proved the success of the waste treatment system and changes needed in the general building design. The 6 re-designed units were then constructed

BENEFICIARIES // Eight families who are residents in the village and Simple Action For the Environment (SAFE) who are constantly developing new locally based building technology

COST // Budget to construct 6 wash and toilet units with waste water treatment and water supply on 6 sites was $15,737

PARTNERS // The BaA (Bangladeshi Architects in Australia), Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) University, IAB (Institute of Architects Bangladesh), Krom Architects, Simple Action For the Environment (SAFE), The WorldSkills Foundation and the participating villages

IMPACT //Reduced gut infections and waterborne illnesses, local staff trained and employed, sanitation research and development

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Ethiopia – Reducing trachoma

LOCATION // Oromia region

AIMS // A proposal for a trial program of work, in one village in Ethiopia, to improve face washing and environmental conditions to reduce trachoma

HEALTHY LIVING PRACTICE // Safety, HLP 1- Washing people, HLP 3- Removing wastewater safely, HLP 6- Reducing the negative effects of animals, insects and vermin, HLP 7- Reducing the health impacts of dust

DETAILS // Feasibility completed, toilet design developed and design workshops held with 3 Universities

BENEFICIARIES // Communities in the Oromia region of Ethiopia, especially children 0-5

COST // $300 AUD estimated cost of toilet (with separate water pump station)

PARTNERS // The Fred Hollows Foundation

IMPACT // Feasibility for trial project and potential for local employment if project was to proceed

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PNG – Sago Network

LOCATION // Laukanu & Barakau communities, Papua New Guinea

AIMS // Safe disposal of human waste, washing facilities & improved drinking water

HEALTHY LIVING PRACTICE // Safety, HLP 1- Washing people, HLP 3- Removing waste water safely

DETAILS // Improved water pump and construction of prototype toilets with subsequent monitoring and evaluation

BENEFICIARIES //Laukanu & Barakau residents, and the local and international students involved

PARTNERS //Sago Network, WorldSkills Foundation

IMPACT // Local staff trained and employed, installation, monitoring and evaluation of trial hand pumps and toilets with proposed use in other areas in PNG following modifications

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Community Plumbing Challenge

LOCATION // Untia Village, South Sulawesi; Cicau village, Cikarang, Indonesia; Nashik, India

AIMS // To contribute to improvements to public health through collaborative, community-based programs of design, construction and education in regions where communities are still threatened by a lack of basic sanitation and safe drinking water systems

HEALTHY LIVING PRACTICE // Safety, HLP 1- Washing people, HLP 3- Removing waste water safely

DETAILS // Development of a design and work plan for construction of a new public toilet and handwashing facility (Untia Village). Development of a sustainable upgrade solution for water supply, wastewater, new toilets and handwashing for a school (Cicau Village). Design and construction of upgrades to improve handwashing and toilet facilities in the school. Monitoring program of water use, maintenance needs and use of the facilities (Nashik).

BENEFICIARIES // Over 400 students and staff at the school, international and local trades involved in the challenge

PARTNERS // IAPMO, World Skills, World Plumbing Council, Indian Plumbing Association

IMPACT // Local and international staff trained and employed, design, installation and monitoring of handwashing and toilet facilities, demonstration of key ideas linking personal health and hygiene to water, sanitation and design thinking

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