These days, there is finally a lot of talk about poo, or as professionals of fecal sludge management refer to it, sanitation. After years of being the underdog human development cause, sanitation is getting some much-needed attention. After all, sanitation-related diseases kill more children than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Moreover, those children that do survive sanitation-related diseases often are affected throughout their lives by cognitive impairment and growth stunting, which translates to, among other things, negative economic impacts.
Practitioners also know that better sanitation will only improve health if everyone uses sanitation facilities and if ongoing services exist to safely transport and treat/reuse waste, removing life-threatening traces of feces in neighborhoods, drainage, or waterways.