In Tanzania, basic sanitation coverage is high with approximately 70-90% of rural households having access to some sort of latrine. However, only around 7% of the rural population and 20% of the urban population has access to an improved sanitation facility, meaning a facility that is safe and cleanable. Another 17% (rural population) and 2% (urban population) defecates in the open. WSP and MOHSW estimate that about 1% of GDP is lost every year due to premature death, illness, lost time and productivity due to the burden of poor sanitation, which falls most heavily on the poor.
The country is taking steps to address this problem. In June 2012, a new National Sanitation Campaign was launched by the government of Tanzania with a target of having 7 million Tanzanians gaining access to improved sanitation by 2015. Also sanitation and water supply have been targeted as one of the priority issues for Tanzania's Open Data Initiative. These developments bring exciting opportunities for sanitation experts and IT developers to come together and try and help Tanzania meet the challenges of increasing and tracking access to improved sanitation.
This December IT developers will team up with subject matter experts in an intensive marathon to find innovative solutions to challenges facing the sanitation sector. The event, organized and facilitated by WSP, KINU, COSTECH, TANZICT, MOHSW and the World Bank, will take place over the weekend 1-2 December in Dar Es Salaam and several cities around the world simultaneously.
SANITATION HACKATHON IN TANZANIA PARTNERS:
We'll be joining Cape Town, London, Nairobi, New York, Rio de Janeiro and 5 other cities in a 48-hour Hackathon on the 1 and 2 of December. In Tanzania there will be several events leading up to the Hackathon: including Field Trips on the 24 and 25 of November and a Brainstorming Session on November 28.
We are calling for all people to attend, from sanitation experts bringing their experience in solving issues to junior or senior developers seeking to learn or demonstrate new skills. By working together we can help solve the sanitation challenges in Tanzania.
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Linking problems with solutions
During the months leading up to the event, subject matter experts and members of the public have been creating, submitting and voting on problem definitions that highlight specific sanitation challenges that could be mitigated by innovative ICTs. To see the problem statements already submitted please click here. Emergent themes in Tanzania include OD (Open Defecation) and monitoring of sanitation data.
The Sanitation Hackathon emerges out of the recognition that the rapid increase of penetration, awareness and literacy in information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the developing world can transform water and sanitation management. Mobile phones, the Internet and open data are creating new entry points to make sanitation services more transparent, inclusive and participatory while forging new connections between the government, its citizens and the private sector.
Solutions developed over the weekend hackathon may be any kind of software application, be it for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, SMS, or any software platform broadly available to the public. Participation is FREE.