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Challenge Safe Containment or Processing of Human Waste in Emergency Situations
Safe Containment or Processing of Human Waste in Emergency Situations
Award:  $15,000 USD
Deadline: Withdrawn
Active Solvers: 923
Posted: May 03 2012
Challenge ID: 9933003
 
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Abstract

Natural or man-made disasters often occur rapidly and result in large numbers of displaced people, often gathered in urban areas. This creates challenges for the disposal of human waste, especially when ground is not amenable to digging latrines.  The Seeker requires a solution for the containment, or processing, of human waste that reduces the health risks. This Challenge is sponsored by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund through a partnership between ELRHA and ALNAP

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.

Overview

Temporary latrines are an effective means of containing human faecal waste. In emergency situations, pit latrines are an efficient and relatively rapid solution for containment of human waste. However, in situations where ground is not suitable for digging pit latrines (flooded or urban environments), there are few sustainable options for waste containment e.g. above ground latrines have limited capacity & require frequent emptying. 

The Seeker requires easy to use & economical solutions that will either contain human waste, or processes that will treat human waste so that existing latrines may be emptied without creating a local health risk. This Challenge is sponsored by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund through a partnership between ELRHA and ALNAP

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.   

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