Why Sanitation Safety Planning Matters
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have teamed up to promote risk-based approaches for sanitation systems through sanitation safety planning in the Philippines.
ADB and WHO supported a pilot demonstration activity to undertake sanitation safety planning (SSP) for two water utility operators: Baliwag Water District in Central Luzon, and Maynilad Water Services in Manila. Completed in July 2015, these are the first SSP documents developed in the Philippines.
Investing in sanitation reduces the exposure to disease due to the pollution of rivers and other water bodies. More than just building toilets, the sanitation chain includes the proper collection, treatment, and disposal or reuse of accumulated human excreta and wastewater. SSP reduces the impact of environmental hazards in the sanitation chain on the health of the exposed population.