Safe Use of Wastewater, Excreta and Greywater in Low-income Urban Settings (MENA)

This project will pilot the application and adaptation of the World Health Organization's 2005 Guidelines for the Safe Use of Wastewater, Excreta and Greywater in low-income urban settings in three developing countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

The project will focus on options that do not require wastewater treatment. Instead, economically, technically and socially appropriate methods of health protection will be implemented, such as crop restriction, application techniques that reduce exposure to hazards, the use of personal protective equipment, hygiene education, food safety measures, etc. Each site will test a specific practice. Researchers will gather baseline data and assess the effectiveness of the health protection measures using indicators such as pathogen concentrations on irrigated crops, and the prevalence of helminthes in the human population.

Lessons learned from each study area will be compiled and used to develop recommendations for adapting the WHO Guidelines to local conditions.

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Start Date

Saturday, July 1, 2006

End Date

Friday, April 30, 2010


36 months

IDRC Officer

Redwood, Mark

Total funding

CA$ 425,000


Middle East, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Climate Change

Project Leader

Robert Bos


World Health Organization

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