Online Training on Safe Water, Sanitation and Health for all during and post COVID19

Course Dates: October 28 - 30 November, 2020
Total Study Hours: 24 hours (6 hours per week)

Language: English

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) report 2019, around 2.2 billion people around the world do not have access to safely-managed drinking water and 4.2 billion lack safe sanitation services. In the wake of the COVID-19, key to keeping healthy is having access to clean water in order to maintain basic hygiene. Yet globally, 3 billion lack basic handwashing facilities at home and 2 billion people live without access to basic sanitation.

Sanitation measures across most developing countries tend to incline towards the provision of services and infrastructure for achieving citywide water and sanitation management. Although public health is a key outcome for most national policies and initiatives, approaches specifically streamlined to address this critical component of sanitation are often left out at city level. Management and investments in improvements on sanitation systems should be made based on adequate understanding of actual health risks posed by the systems and how these risks can be better managed. To address this, Sanitation Safety Plan (SSP) plays a vital role, being a risk based management tool for sanitation systems it highlights the integration of the health sector while reusing wastewater, excreta and greywater, and helps to bring a human health perspective to traditional non-health sectors like sanitation engineering and agriculture sector. The SSP approach supports the implementation and recommendation of WHO’s 2018 guidelines on sanitation and health and ensures universal access to safe systems along the entire sanitation service chain. It is also in line with the WHO’s 2006 guidelines for the safe use of wastewater, excreta and greywater. COVID-19 outbreak has reinstated the need for global action to ensure access of clean water and sanitation to all, as a human right and as a critical element to protect human health.

Over the past decade CSE – A Global Think Tank has done extensive research, advocacy, and capacity building of state and non-state practitioners highlighting urban water and sanitation realities, their links with public health, and the need to fix these issues. In this endeavor, the School of Water and Waste, AAETI, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), is organizing 4 weeks online course on Safe Water, Sanitation and Health for all during and post COVID19.

To create change-agents who will have basic understanding about the concepts and principles of Sanitation Safety Planning (SSP) in order to ensure safe water and efficient management of sanitation services.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the existing problems in urban water and sanitation management linked to public health
  • Recognising the enabling frameworks and regulations applicable for improved water and sanitation for all
  • Acquaintance to various tools and approaches for better water and sanitation planning and monitoring
  • Understanding concept and approach of water and sanitation safety planning to protect public health

Programme Design
The programme comprises state-of-art teaching learning tools comprising self-study, powerpoint as well as virtual presentations, documentaries featuring case studies from various countries and reading material. It will be an interactive course with periodic assessment through group discussions, exercises and quizzes. Participants will also get a chance to interact and learn from experts at CSE and abroad through online interactions and a webinar.

The course is divided into four modules based on the following themes:

Theme 1: Linkage between water, sanitation and health: Current and future challenges
Theme 2: Enabling environment for improved water and sanitation for all
Theme 3: Tools and approaches for better water and sanitation planning and progress
Theme 4: Water and sanitation safety planning: Risk based approach to protect public health

Participants are expected to complete the course in a period of about four weeks with a workload of 24 hours. Participant is expected to spend about 6 hours per week on reading, discussion, interaction and assignments. At the end of the week and module, participants are expected to submit an assignment based on their learning. These assignments may have multiple choice questions, short answer type questions, quiz or essay type of question. Assessment will be done on the following criteria –

  • Comprehensiveness of observations and problems identified
  • Extent of critical engagement with course learning
  • Depth and nuance in suggested interventions
  • Ability to critique self-developed strategy

How to apply?

For filling the application form for registration, please click here

Course Coordinator:

Dr. Sumita Singhal
Deputy Programme Manager, Water Programme,
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 257)

Course Director:

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director & Academic Director (School of Water and Waste, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute – AAETI)



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Target Audience
  • Working professionals and decision makers from government and non-government institutions
  • Representatives from national and state level training entities, PMU assisting Govt. in mainstreaming water and sanitation measures
  • Public health personnel and Sanitary Inspectors from Urban Local Bodies
  • Practitioners from consultancies, community-based organisations, social-welfare organizations, non-government organizations
  • Independent researchers and academician working in water and sanitation sector
  • Urban Planners, Engineers and Consultants
Benefits upon completion
This course is part of School of Water and Waste’s objective to create ‘Urban Water Leaders’. Top 5 participants who perform well on the course will be invited to AAETI, Nimli with a fully funded fellowship for one of our upcoming training programs. Participants who perform exceptionally during these training programs will be awarded the title of ‘Urban Water Leaders’.

Additional benefits include:
  • Course participation/completion certificate
  • Top 5 scorers will get a 50% refund of their course fee
  • One-year free subscription to Down To Earth magazine after course completion
  • Join a global network of practitioners of the School of Water and Waste
Eligibility Criteria
  • Graduates or pursuing Graduation
  • Proficiency in English language
  • Proficiency in Computer/IT
Course Fees
  • For Indian Participant: INR 3,500
  • For International Participant: USD 100 
Alumni Feedback
All objectives were on-point with examples. My main objective was to understand and be able to implement SSP. There should be follow up activities like reviews and assessment of participants' progress in the implementation of SSP. I would recommend this course to my colleagues from CSIR-IIR and others in the sanitation field in Ghana.

Elizabeth Von-Kiti, Research Scientist, CSIR-IIR, Ghana
SSP could be implemented in east Delhi where we are planning a holistic faecal sludge management solution. We talk about public health. SSP gave a guideline by which public health could be quantified and assessed. The sessions had a very good balance of presentations, real life examples, group exercises, and observations from site visits.

Jacob Paulose, Project Officer, CURE India
Module 3 was the most important take away for me which I would like to take further in practice. I got to learn something new about sanitation planning relevant to the Indian context. I would like to recommend government officials for this training and be associated with CSE for future trainings.

Ruchi Singla, Environment Planner, IPE Global Ltd., India
I am giving my heartfelt thanks to the CSE team for their patience, great cooperation, and great hospitality. The training staff was very knowledgeable and well trained.

Ravindra Gajbhiye, Director, SAAD, India
My top most objective was to understand the steps of SSP. I got a new perspective on sanitation and health and can implement this on field now.

Anjaney Kumar, Senior Programme Officer, PRIA