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  • by Trevor Loveday

Report calls for sector collaboration in digital technology development for sanitation

Global water professionals have called for sanitation and water operators to increase collaboration and accelerate the use of digital technologies to improve public health surveillance. They highlight also, advances in managing Covid that could arise from the same approach.


In a recent report, the International Water Association and the Toilet Board Coalition have emphasised "the importance of data mapping and sharing, and the use of remote monitoring for managing disease outbreaks, to shift from a reactive to a more preventative response." They point out that these approaches could help governments and communities prepare and respond more effectively to any future outbreak of coronavirus.


The report, Improving Public Health Through Smart Sanitation and Digital Water, explores how technology can be used to improve sanitation and public health outcomes. It was published to mark World Toilet Day which seeks to raise global awareness of the 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation.

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