The Emergency Sanitation Project

The Emergency Sanitation Project is a collaboration between IFRC, WASTE and Oxfam GB to solve some of the most difficult challenges with providing sanitation in emergencies.

The Emergency Sanitation Project aims to increase the global understanding of current and future emergency sanitation and to propose new concepts and modoular technologies for safe excreta disposal in emergency settings that are applicable in a variety of situations. A menu of options will be available through the development of specialised emergency sanitation modules, which are rapid to deploy and are cost -effective when compared with traditional solutions. We are looking at a wide range of issues – more information on which can be found in the specific areas on the left.
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Photos (c) Katherine Kernohan/Oxfam GB, IFRC

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Latest News


February 2017

We are presenting our activities on FSM4 in Chennai. In a session labelled “What is the future of pit emptying and faecal sludge treatment in emergencies“, Jan Spit of WASTE presented a number of ESP2 activities.
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July 2016

As we prepare to launch Phase 2, we take this opportunity to remind our partners of the final report from Phase 1.

ESP Final Project Report June 2015 v2

July 2015

We have completed the ESP Phase I. The final report will be made available soon. In the meantime, please see the project pages for updates on the different workstreams.

We are working on the concept note for Phase II and will continue some of the activities begun in Phase I.

January 2015

We are sending new equipment for Ebola treatment centres. New hands free handwashing devices should arrive in Sierra Leone later this month. Next week we will dispatch a small scale wastewater treatment unit for field testing in Ivory Coast. If that trial is successful we will explore the use of the unit in urban Ebola treatment centres. More news as these trials develop.

September 2014

View our latest progress report:

July 2014

We’ve just presented some of our latest kits for the South Sudan WASH Cluster. View a copy of the presentation here:


May 2014

View our pictorial report on our recent trench lining test in Wales:


May 2014

‘Donate by Design’ and innovate with new handwashing solutions. A new design challenge has just been launched: submit your designs and the best will be 3D printed and tested in Lebanon.


November 2013

Grants launched for the development of latrine kits – download the application:
call for proposals – emergency sanitation kit

The urinal design contest is in it’s final stages. Vote for your favorite urinal here:

September 2013

Design a Bog Day has happened! Check out the results at Design a Bog Day.

12th April 2013

The student design contest for emergency wastewater has been launched Everything you need to enter is on the contest page.

The design contest for students and producers for emergency public urinal systems has been launched. Everything you need to enter is on the contest page.

20th March 2013

Tenders are being prepared for some of our research areas and will be available soon!

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