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Development, Disasters and Sanitation

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Development, Disasters and Sanitation

Online Course

This introductory course has been designed for those new to working in development or disaster relief.

Unit 1 explores important background issues surrounding development, disaster relief and poverty that will provide a foundation for the understanding of more detailed subjects such as the provision of water and sanitation.

Unit 2 specifically examines the principles of excreta disposal. It considers the importance of environmental sanitation in general and in particular the disposal of excreta for improving the health and well being of poor people living in both rural and urban communities.

Each unit takes approximately 1 hour to study excluding associated reading. A Certificate of Completion is awarded on successful completion of the unit assessments and the course evaluation.

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Course Dates

31st October 2016 – 30th November 2022

Course Leader

Rod Shaw

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Course Description

Please note: This is a self- paced course and can be started when the user has logged in.

On payment of your registration fee, WEDC will be notified of the payment and your account will be activated.  This will normally take place within one working day and you will be informed by e-mail when your account is active.Please note, however, that activation will not take place during weekends or when the University is closed. For closure dates please refer to:


You will require a broadband connection and Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher to take this online course.

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