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Domed Pit Latrine Slab kit

The KickStart Domed Pit Latrine Slab design is based on a concept of a latrine slab by Bjorn Brandberg at the National Institute of Physical Planning in Mozambique. KickStart redesigned the production methods to allow for simple, high-quality mass production of the slabs working with unskilled local laborers; and improved the overall design for better sanitation and lower cost. The dome shape minimizes the required thicknes,s making it cheaper than typical reinforced concrete slabs; a tight fitting lid creates a tight seal to keep the smell in and the flies out; and the wire handle heats up from sunlight, killing germs and reducing contamination. They are the standard in refugee camps in East Africa, where more than 90,000 slabs have now been installed.

  1. Designer: Martin Fisher
  2. Manufacturer: KickStart International
  3. Kenya, 1992
  4. Mild steel, local hard wood (kits); sand, cement, gravel, ballast, wire (slabs)
  5. Dimensions: 5.5’ x 5.5’
  6. In use in: Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya
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