Next to the development of the equipment and analytical methods of the Faecal Sludge Field Laboratory the creation of pools of trained laboratory technicians is highly important for the sustainability of the Faecal Sludge Field Laboratory Concept. Several trainings have been conducted as part of the ongoing development of the Faecal Sludge Field Laboratory.
In Vienna, 2018
The Faecal Sludge Field Laboratory technicians in Vienna, Austria was conducted as part of the FAST project and focused on training WASH experts mainly from European Red Cross Societies (Austrian, German, Sweden) with a strong laboratory background and where joined by an expert from UN-IHE. In comparison to the two week field school in Uganda, the three day training in Vienna was highly condensed.
The training was possible, due to one Faecal Sludge Field Laboratory being in Austria before being sent to the field school in Kampala, Uganda.
In Kampala, 2018
For the FAST project field school in sub-saharan Africa the Austrian Red Cross looked for a partner national Red Cross/Red Crescent society and found it in the Uganda Red Cross Society. The training was conducted at one of Kampala’s faecal sludge & wastewater treatment plants and classroom session were held at the Uganda Red Cross Society headquarters and the Makerere University.
This training was attended by 20 WASH experts from several African Red Cross/Red Crescent (Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana) and experts from Eawag, the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit. With a duration of two weeks enough time was available for extensive small group laboratory work, classroom sessions, an additional field trip to another lager treatment plant and a trip on lake Victoria.
In Cox’s Bazar, 2019
During the Faecal Sludge Field Laboratories deployment to IFRC’s people movement operation in Cox’s Bazar the opportunity arose to set-up a training for local WASH experts to familiarize them with the operation of the Faecal Sludge Field Laboratory. The small group (6-8 participants) was optimal for knowledge transfer.
The set-up of the training benefited from the experience gained during the previous trainings. The duration was set to 6 days, which is a good average between the two week training in Uganda and the short 3 day, familiarization trainings in Spiez and Vienna.
This training’s materials are currently the standard for the Faecal Sludge Field Laboratory training concept and can be found in the resource section with more detailed information.
In Spiez, 2019
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development and the Austrian Red Cross organized a stakeholder meeting and 2 day familiarization training hosted at Laboratory Spiez for experts from academia and the humanitarian aid organisations.