The Heroes behind Sanitation – An insight into faecal sludge management workers in Zambia

The Heroes behind Sanitation – An insight into faecal sludge management workers in Zambia

“Sanitation workers are still invisible although they form the backbone of a very essential public service”. -An extract of SuSanA’s joint publication with FSMA, BORDA, GIZ and BMZ.

Without sanitation workers, the sanitation service chain wouldn’t exist, and faecal sludge management in essence could not work. The social stigmas, lack of protection and training of sanitation workers is not good enough for the their continued service. Where is their protection? Where is their support?

Last November, representatives of FSMA and SuSanA visited sanitation workers in Zambia to understand, and gain a deeper understanding into what their careers entail. We were privileged to hear their stories, meet their families and observe what a normal day may look like for them.

SuSanA created a photostory publication which is an immersive visual experience into the lives of the workers. FSMA is proud to share these stories so that their work can be recognised and better protected. Hopefully through sharing this type of content, organisations within the sanitation sector and broadly, the development sector can work together to better care for sanitation workers.

Please read, share and comment on how you think we can come together to support sanitation workers.

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