Abstract—A project was undertaken to improve the
livelihoods of communities in the Qacha's Nek District of
Lesotho, a small country enclaved within South Africa. Basic
amenities that included the participatory provision and
rehabilitation of VIP latrines, and knowledge on how to site
such sanitation technology in relation to water sources, were
provided to double orphaned and other children, together with
women and children who were HIV/AIDS patients. Individuals
in the communities became more confident of their
environment and health, telling that their livelihoods had been
upgraded. Intestinal discomforts, for example, had reduced
substantially, pointing to an upgrade of public health. Following
such community intervention, a country wide sensitization on
identification of technical flaws in VIP latrines in the entire
country, the siting of such technology vis-a-vis the aquatic
environment, and the facilitation of ways to address these flaws,
Index Terms—VIP latrine, community intervention, public health, sustainable development.
Sunny Aiyuk is with Department of Environmental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, National University of Lesotho, PO Roma 180, Lesotho (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mathabo Tsepa is with Lesotho High Commission, Ottawa, Canada.
Cite: Sunny Aiyuk and Mathabo Tsepa, "Addressing Technical Flaws in VIP Latrines in Lesotho: A Community Intervention in Qacha’s Nek District," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 8, no. 8, pp. 597-600, 2017.