The Waterless Portable Private Toilet: An Innovative Sanitation Solution in Disaster Zones

Yongkyun Kim, Shervin Hashemi, Mooyoung Han, Tschungil Kim, Hong Gyoo Sohn

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Catastrophes can occur without warning and inevitably cause short-term and long-term problems. In disaster zones, having an action plan to alleviate difficulties can reduce or prevent many long-lasting complications. One of the most critical and urgent issues is sanitation. Water, energy, personnel, transportation, and the allocation of resources in disaster areas tend to become very limited during emergencies. Sanitation systems suffer in the process, potentially leading to crises due to unsafe and unhygienic surroundings. This article explores the problems of current sanitation practices in disaster areas and identifies the essential characteristics of sustainable sanitation systems. This study also presents a plan for an innovative and sustainable sanitation system using a waterless, portable, private toilet, in addition to a procedure for collecting and disposing waste. The system is agronomic, is socially acceptable, prevents contact with human waste, and can be used for individuals or families. Environmental pollution and social problems (such as sexual harassment) can be reduced both during and after restoration. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-285
Number of pages5
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1

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© Copyright Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc. 2016.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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