Compendium of accessible WASH technologies

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Wide and level entrance to allow wheelchair access. Rammed earth floor. WaterAid

This Compendium of low-cost technologies to improve the accessibility of household WASH facilities is designed for use by staff, such as health workers and community volunteers, working directly with communities in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa.

A few examples of technologies are presented that families can adapt to suit their needs and budgets. Many more options are possible. Most of the ideas are suitable for disabled and older people, but are suitable for anyone who may have difficulty using standard facilities. The main focus is on household facilities, not institutional facilities, although some ideas might also be useful in these settings.

The compendium can be used in various ways:

  • As a starting point for discussion with households
  • As a way of encouraging communities to consider design options
  • By disabled people’s organisations, and older peoples’ associations
  • As flashcards - images can be enlarged and stuck on card
  • As posters - images can be printed and used for group discussions

Images used in the compendium

For high quality photos and images used in the compendium please click on the photo links in each chapters below. Please be aware that the size of some of the download links are fairly large it may take some time to download the pictures depending on the speed of your internet. Credits for the images have been embedded into the file info for each picture. In Windows Explorer this can be seen in the Author field at the bottom of each picture.

For more information on the Compendium please contact Jane Wilbur, Equity, Inclusion and Rights Advisor, WaterAid, at [email protected].