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Sanitation Workers Knowledge and Learning Hub launched

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The Sanitation Workers Knowledge and Learning Hub has been launched during Stockholm World Water Week. 


The Initiative for Sanitation Workers undertaken by partners including the World Health Organization (WHO), WaterAid, the International Labour Organization (ILO), SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the World Bank, with support from the the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, collaborated with the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) to develop and launch the resource.

Sanitation workers are involved in several steps of the faecal waste management chain, including emptying of pits and septic tanks; cleaning toilets, sewers and manholes; and operating pumping stations and treatment plants. They provide a fundamental public service, yet often face extreme health hazards and safety risks on the job, as well as social discrimination and stigma.

The platform aims at disseminating and exchanging resources and information related to sanitation workers. It comprises a library of publications, research, reports and other resources, forum posts, events, a photo library as well as opinion columns on sanitation workers.

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