SANITATION

Sanitation – not a subject any of us enjoy talking about! Because of this, it is easy to ignore the problems that poor hygiene and sanitation bring. We prefer to look at other ways of improving health which are easier to talk about. But lack of good sanitation is a huge health problem. The whole community suffers - all of us reading this have suffered from some of the unpleasant illnesses caused by poor sanitation. Does our love for our neighbours (Matthew 22:39) include improving poor sanitation around our homes?

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 9.

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  • Anastausia's knotty problem

    by Dr Steve Brown. I would like to open the discussion about the knotty problem of women like Anastausia who are given oxytocics, either by village healers, in the form of roots (‘Knotty Problems’ in Footsteps No.7) or, as I have seen in Bangladesh, by village ‘doctors’, in the form of oxytocin injections or tablets. The problem, of course, is that oxytocics are powerful stimulants of muscles in the womb and that, when given in a high or uncontrolled dose before the baby is delivered can cause ...

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  • Bible study: Cleanliness

    There is virtually no teaching in the Bible directly concerning sanitation except that found in Deuteronomy 23:12-13. These verses in the NIV Bible read:

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  • Disease and sanitation

    Action in low-income communities  by Professor John Pickford of the Water, Engineering and Development Centre at Loughborough University of Technology.

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  • Editorial

    Sanitation – not a subject any of us enjoy talking about! Because of this, it is easy to ignore the problems that poor hygiene and sanitation bring. We prefer to look at other ways of improving health which are easier to talk about. But lack of good sanitation is a huge health problem. The whole community suffers - all of us reading this have suffered from some of the unpleasant illnesses caused by poor sanitation. Does our love for our neighbours (Matthew 22:39) include improving poor ...

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  • Effective sanitation projects

    by Isobel Blackett. What makes a low-cost sanitation programme successful? Are a lot of latrines in the project area enough evidence to prove that success has been achieved?

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  • Letters

    Neem in the treatment of scabies I was very interested in the article on the use of the Neem tree in a recent issue of Footsteps and would like to share with you how this tree is used in Bangladesh as a natural health aid.

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  • Low cost sanitation work in Lesotho

    by Isobel Blackett. In 1981 the Government of Lesotho made a commitment to improve the water and sanitation if the country. An initial Urban Sanitation Project was started. By 1983 this project, known as the Urban Sanitation Improvement Team (USIT), was well established and a Rural Sanitation Project (RSP) was beginning work, based on some of USIT’s experiences.

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  • New ideas in the control of mosquitoes

    Compiled from material from DCFRN and Dr Chris Curtis. Mosquitoes carry diseases from one person to another. They are also a great nuisance. Some varieties carry malaria (Anopheles species), others dengue fever (Aedes aegypti) and others diseases known as filiariasis which causes elephantiasis (Culex species).

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  • Planning a pit latrine

    Compiled by Richard Franceys and Isabel Carter. When the decision to build a pit latrine is made, then there are many things to consider…

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  • Resources

    Small Scale Sanitation By R Feachem and A M Cairncross, Ross Institute (54 pages) A small booklet which is a very useful introduction to a wide variety of sanitation techniques, with many details about small-scale systems including pit latrines.

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  • Striga (Witchweed) a serious problem for farmers

    Compiled from material by Dr Imuetinyan Igbinnosa and John Wibberley. No farmer anywhere is without the problem of weeds. They will grow with every crop planted. They are reminders of a fallen world (Genesis 3:17-19). Every farmer struggles to overcome them so crops can grow well. Those who do not work to overcome them will receive a poor harvest (Proverbs 24:30-34).

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