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Development, Disasters and Sanitation

This professional development course has been designed for those new to working in development or disaster relief.

The course is delivered using a variety of media including slide presentations, film clips, animations, photography and graphics supported by selected online publications.

Unit 1 explores important background issues surrounding development, disaster relief and poverty that will provide a foundation for the understanding of more detailed subjects such as the provision of water and sanitation.

Unit 2 specifically examines the principles of excreta disposal. It considers the importance of environmental sanitation in general and in particular the disposal of excreta for improving the health and well being of poor people living in both rural and urban communities.

Each unit takes approximately 1 hour to study, excluding associated reading. A Certificate of Completion is awarded on successful completion of the unit assessments and completion of the course evaluation form.

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Detailed course contents list

Unit 1: Development and Disasters


Why do people want to offer help?

What do we need to live well?

Improving our resources

When do people need help?

Defining development

Measuring progress

The impact of disasters

Types of disasters

Setting targets for basic needs

Unit assessment

Unit 2: Principles of Excreta Disposal


Latrine components

Technical options

Deciding what to do

Promoting sanitation


Unit assessment


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Loughborough University
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United Kingdom

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