Ensuring Safe Sanitation for Children

Safe disposal of children’s feces is as essential as the safe disposal of adults’ feces. This series of country profiles provides an overview of the available data on child feces disposal. Each brief concludes with ideas to consider, based on emerging good practice. The briefs are developed jointly by WSP and UNICEF.


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Why is the Management of Child Feces Series useful?

Although the impact of poor sanitation and hygiene is often measured by the effects on children, most sanitation and hygiene interventions target adults. Safe disposal of children’s feces is as essential as the safe disposal of adults’ feces and yet in most countries analyzed, over 50 percent of households with children under age three reported that the feces of their children were unsafely disposed. Even among households with improved toilets or latrines, some unsafe child feces disposal behaviour was reported by caregivers. In almost every country, feces of children under age three are less likely to be safely disposed of than those of the general population. This series starts to pull together data and tools that to begin to fill knowledge gaps so that eventually comprehensive, practical, evidence-based policy and program guidance can be made available.


Management of Child Feces: Current Disposal Practices      


AfricaBurkina Faso | Chad | Ethiopia | Kenya | Madagascar | Malawi | Mozambique | Niger (French) | Nigeria               Senegal | Sierra Leone | Tanzania | Uganda | Zambia

East Asia and PacificCambodia | Indonesia | Lao PDR | Philippines

Latin America and CaribbeanHaiti (French)

South Asia: Afghanistan | Bangladesh | India | Nepal | Pakistan


What is the Management of Child Feces Series?

The Management of Child Feces Series includes data and tools related to the safe disposal of child feces for children under three years of age. The series includes profiles outlining the current child feces disposal practices of caregivers and programs to improve those practices in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chad, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan (Balochistan & Punjab), Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia created jointly by WSP and UNICEF. The series also includes a research brief, compiling the country level profile practices. Lastly, the series includes data collection tools such as household survey, focus group discussion and qualitative interview templates and guidance that can be adapted to local situations and context.

Author: Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)