Water is Right supports the right to sanitation in the Nigerian state of Bauchi. With a population of around 7.3 million (2017) people, Bauchi's economy is predominantly agricultural and supplies the rest of Nigeria with food. One of the major challenges facing the state government is open defecation, which poses a major health risk to water sources. The problem is exacerbated by the lack of sanitary infrastructure in public facilities and public places. This is mainly due to a lack of investment and maintenance, as well as cultural habits.The state government of Bauchi is looking for partners to change the situation and modernize 200 - 400 toilet facilities in clinics and hospitals.As an advocate of the human right to water and sanitation, Water is Right works closely with the state government of Bauchi to actively support these efforts.
● Conceptual, organizational and technical advice
● Bringing attention and resources to the campaigns
● Ensuring financial transparency during project implementation
● Support with demonstration projects and knowledge transfer
● Planning of sanitary upgrading and educational measures in
Initial upgrading mission
Currently there are about 20 hospitals that are in urgent need of toilet infrastructure upgrading. Water is Right is targeting up to four hospitals to upgrade directly. Our staff will spend 2 weeks on site supervising local masons and plumbers who will do renovations.
These upgrades will include:
Connecting and repairing water pipes, and tanks
Connecting and repairing sewer pipes, or soak pits
Adding necessary drainage for hand washing
Repairing or installing missing toilets and sinks
Tiling and painting interior to create cleanable surface
Sanitizing or repairing existing tiling and grouting
Repairing or installing doors and latches
Repairing or installing flushing systems or tanks
Signage for hand washing
Hygiene education for the local community
Planning for large scale upgrading
Based on our experiences in directly upgrading a few hospitals, Water is Right can estimate the costs of upgrading all 20 hospitals as well as installing public toilet facilities throughout the state. This will require staff to inspect various sites in addition to those that are being worked on.
Test innovative approaches
Sanitation for the developing country context is a widely research field with innovation happing all the time. Water is Right will invite technical project partners to share their ideas and technologies that could reduce capital and maintenance costs. There may also be culturally appropriate novel approaches to managing community hygiene and sanitation infrastructure such as: Women and youth groups as facilities managers, introducing pay-per-use facilities, educational campaigns in schools, and soap making workshops and materials.