HYGIENE POINT – FILTER POINT

Théophane Lefebvre Deleau
Céline Ortmann
Katrin Wolf
Professur
Architectural Design and Participation
Projektarbeit
The awareness of hygiene is important all over the world – especially since the Covid-19 pandemic changed life on the planet. The lack of knowledge about hygiene still causes many problems in the global south. Contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to the transmission of diseases. Absent, inadequate, or inappropriately managed water and sanitation services expose individuals to preventable health risks. The Chair of Architectural Design and Participation has been contacted by Aktion Pit - Togohilfe e.V., an association active in the health sector, school education, child aid and village development in Togo since 1980. This NGO is working closely with 10 villages and has a strong network, including doctors, medical assistants and volunteers. The task was to design a Hygiene Point for five of these villages.
What is a hygiene point? During our research, it came up that our chosen village, Djamdè in Northern Togo, holds a significant amount of wells. Nevertheless they cannot provide save drinking water throughout the whole year. As clean water is a basic need to improve hygiene, our answer is to integrate the technique of porous ceramic filtration in the building and further. We see our Filter point as the first step in a strategy, that brings the filter pot technology not only to households within Djamdè, but also to the other Villages Aimes-Afrique in Togo and further. The filter point in the center of Djamdè therefore hosts several uses. Residents have the opportunity to get save drinking water. Water therfore collected from the roofs and filtered with the ceramic pot technology. The multifunctional education space gives the opportunity to learn about the use and maintenance of the filter pot. But also other basic needs of hygiene, such as showering, hand wash, cloth wash and toilets are solved within the filter point. With the educational aspect of the filter point and the close distance to the school of Djamdè, this facilites will make a sustainable difference for hygiene in Djamdè and maybe even further in the future.
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