Urgent Need for Latrine Light Innovation

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) is offering a prize of $20,000 for an innovative solution to one of Africa’s biggest WASH problems: suitable lighting at night to make toilets safer.

When people are forced to leave their homes by conflicts or disasters, they often relocate to refugee or displaced persons camps. Safety and sanitation are of prime concern and latrines are set up in blocks throughout the camps. There is a safety concern for people (mostly women and children) who use the latrines, particularly at night in the dark. We are looking for an economical, sustainable lighting system to minimize safety concerns so latrines are properly utilized.

~ Find out more about the challenge at Innocentive

Improving the safety of refugee camp residents through the simple addition of lighting in toilet areas has been identified as one of the biggest gaps in emergency WASH services.

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