[Health] Sanitation / clean water topics

Caryl Bigenho cbigenho at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 31 19:56:10 EDT 2010

Nice resources.  I looked over several. Some would work for us, some wouldn't.  I notice that the data in the UNESCO materials is a bit out of date. I wonder if more recent numbers are available.
In looking at the water and sanitation data from UNESCO, it seems that Sanitation is the greater problem, so perhaps we should start with that one?  One of the graphs even shows a couple of western European countries as being behind in sanitation progress... Italy and Portugal.  Of course, the data is out of date, but it could still be a problem.
A couple of things to add to the Water list...  the Water Cycle,  Water distribution methods (private wells, shared public wells, municipal water systems, etc.)?
I also found a lind to things already on the OLPC wiki:
(some links on the page are out of date) It was put up in July 2008 by a Robert Steiner, Executive Director (of what?). I glanced through the Health mailing list and did not find him listed at all.  Still... we may be re-inventing the wheel. Maybe we should see if we can find out who he is and if anything has come of his project.
BTW, I assume you have heard about the gasoline additive, MTBE, polluting drinking water in the USA?

From: beth at waveplace.org
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 16:28:52 -0400
To: health at lists.laptop.org
Subject: [Health] Sanitation / clean water topics

Hey all,

Here are some additional ideas for sanitation/water lesson structures. I also found some awesome material on the UNICEF and water.org websites-- lesson plans that we may be able to incorporate into our curriculum.

You can download those athttp://teachunicef.org/explore/topic/water-and-sanitationandhttp://water.org/learn-about-the-water-crisis/lessonplan/

SanitationIntro: What is sanitation and why is it important?Who, What, When, Where, Why and How to wash your hands

How to make soap
What to do if you get diarrheaProper disposal of human wasteHow to make a safe latrineRehydration... how to

WaterIntro to water: different types of water, saltwater vs freshwater, potable vs unpotable water
Is "dirty" water always bad and "clean" water always good?What's in the water that you can and can't see that can hurt youHow can you purify water?

How to make a solar still
Other ways to get safe water without burning up the rainforest to do itWater and the environment- what human activity does to water resources and why


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On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 10:50 AM, Beth Santos <beth at waveplace.org> wrote:

(S) Sanitation (six lessons so far)(W) Water (five lessons so far)
S-What to do if you get diarrhea

S-Rehydration... how to 
S-How to make a safe latrineS-Proper disposal of human wasteS-How to make soapS-Who, What, When, Where, Why and How to wash your hands
W-What's in the water that you can and can't see that can hurt you

W-How can you purify water?W-Is "dirty" water always bad and "clean" water always good?W-How to make a solar stillW-Other ways to get safe water without burning up the rainforest to do it

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