Peter Bysted from ICONO, and Professor Peter Kjær Mackie Jensen, head of the Disaster Management Master's program at the University of Copenhagen, have developed the Child-Friendly Latrine together. Testing of the latrine in Ghana is going to be carried out in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen.

The very fact that there is going to be a user test carried is something unique; there is very little empirical material on latrine functionality and perception on a global level. This is something that has been most puzzling to the two initiators.

Consequently, there is certainly going to be a formal evaluation after the latrines are finally put into production and put to use, with an eye toward making any adjustments in the product that might benefit its ease-of-use and uptake.




Development and production

Peter Bysted and Peter Kjær Mackie Jensen have managed to build up a network of experts who will be of help in launching the project, individuals who are working in the fields of law, manufacturing, medicine and public health. Similarly, throughout the initial stages of the project, there has been close contact with relief organizations in order to ensure that these primary purchasers' needs are also being taken into account.

It is being considered to place the development, the operation and the sale of the Child-Friendly Latrine under the auspices of a foundation, so that the business model can be developed in synch with the possibilities that present themselves. Whatever surplus profit the foundation might acquire can be used for emergency relief and emergency relief innovation.

"This is going to be a non-profit venture on our part, all the way from the get-go. Our contribution, then, involves nothing beyond that we want to succeed, that we want to have this all work out, in reality, with the end result that millions of people's basic needs will be met in a markedly better, more hygienic and thus lifesaving way," says Peter Bysted.

The actual manufacture of the latrines will come to transpire through licensing agreements, set up to ensure quality - and will unfold through a contract framework based on principles of open-calculation with clear requirements regarding transparency. In this way, there will be an assurance that nobody is tipping the scales or amassing large profits for him/herself along the chain of commerce.




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The project is already drawing attention

The latrine will be created in such a way that it can lend itself to gradually being transformed into a more permanent latrine in the course of time, as the refugees settle and acquire long-term residence. During the initial phase, the intention is primarily that the latrine is to be deployed in connection with emergency relief, but there have already been other people that have expressed their interest in this mobile and simple latrine, people like labourers in the agricultural areas in Central America, where purchasers of fruits and vegetables (the warehouses in the United States) are starting to pose stringent demands on hygiene and safe production.


UNICEF: "We're looking forward to seeing the real product and initial field testing results"

Chris Cormency, Chief of Water, Sanitation and Education Center, UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen, has been working with and advising ICONO and Peter Bysted in connection with the process of designing The Child Friendly Latrine.

"1.5 million children are dying of diarrhoea every year. Diarrhoea is, in fact, the second leading cause of death among children under 5, globally; it kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and the measles combined. Many of these children's lives could be saved if they had access to improved sanitation", says Chris Cormency of UNICEF.

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Design process, development of prototypes and planning of testing procedures is generously supported by Dreyers Fond

The Child-friendly latrine won the The Danish Design Award 2016

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