SaniPath | Overview
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0001The SaniPath Rapid Assessment Tool aims to assess exposure to fecal contamination in urban, low-income settings. The tool is under development by the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The tool guides users in collecting much needed data on exposure to fecal contamination in low income, urban neighborhoods, and synthesizes these data for community, government, and service providers’ decision-making. The tool will be publicly available and is intended for non-governmental organizations, funders, and government institutions.

The objectives of the SaniPath Rapid Assessment Tool are to:

  • Generate reliable data on exposure to fecal contamination in low-income, urban neighborhoods
  • Synthesize these data for community, government, and service providers’ decision-making

The results of this assessment can be used to characterize a neighborhood or city according to a matrix of fecal exposure pathways. The outputs will serve as a simplified, but still informative, means of identifying priorities for sanitation investments or interventions. The tool will allow the following two primary ways of comparing risks:

  • Comparing neighborhoods (either aggregate risk or identify the biggest pathway risk for each neighborhood)
  • Comparing pathways within a neighborhood