Call it an oasis in the middle of a desert. The Sarova Shaba Lodge located in Isiolo was the perfect setting for the Inter-agency Coordinating Committee meeting held from the 26th to the 27th of September 2013.
The meeting organised by the Ministry of Health brought together various stakeholders in the water, sanitation and hygiene sectors to look at ways of how an additional 20million people in Kenya can have access to basic sanitation by the year 2015.
Dr. Kepha Ombacho, the Chief Public Health Officer and the guest of honour emphasised on the need to avoid duplication of services as there were many opportunities in the devolved system. He encouraged members to maximise on partnerships and in developing new technologies.
Banza Sanitation was among the few technologies that got an invitation and made its debut in the meeting to showcase how the Banza Toilet would help solve the issue of open defecation and promote ODF zones.
And the response was overwhelming, especially when Patrick sat on the Banza toilet. The sleepy audience all over sudden came alive and cameras clicked away. It was amazing just seeing the reaction on the participants faces, with many of them shooting questions all at once. It had to take the coordinator of the meeting to hush the excited audience and call for order.
Institutions like the Kenya Redcross, World Vision, Path, Amref, among others, took a keen interest in trying to connect how the Banza Toilet would help in addressing their challenges.
The Sarova Hotel Management were also very curious about the Banza Toilet, promising to pursue the partnership further. For them the Banza Toilet would be ideal in outdoor settings especially because the unit is convenient, not bulky, and is comfortable to use.
We were also able to come across these officers decked with guns. They just loved the feel and look of the toilet wondering how they could get one.
As the country progresses with the implementation of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in rural Kenya, we believe the Banza Toilet will go a long way, once scaled-up, in promoting the attainment of Open defecation Free zones especially in low cost settlements.
Banza Sanitationis honoured to have been recognised by the government as having innovated a viable solution to a persistent problem.