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Status On Going Withdrawn
Trial End Date March 1, 2020 August 5, 2019
Last Published April 07, 2017 06:59 PM February 18, 2020 10:05 AM
Intervention Completion Date August 1, 2015
Data Collection Complete Yes
Data Collection Completion Date April 30, 2017
Intervention End Date March 1, 2020 August 1, 2015
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Paper Abstract

Improving access to safe and affordable sanitation facilities is a global health priority that is essential for meeting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. To promote the use of improved sanitation in rural and low-income settings, plastic latrine slabs provide a simple option for upgrading traditional pit latrines. The International Finance Corporation/World Bank Selling Sanitation program estimated that plastic slabs would have a 34% annual growth, with a market size of US$2.53 million in Kenya by 2017. In this study, we examined the commercial viability of these plastic latrine slabs in rural Kenya by evaluating a financing and distribution model intervention, documenting household slab sales to date, and assessing consumer exposure and perceptions. We also determined household willingness to pay through a real-money auction with 322 households. We found that no households in our study area had purchased the plastic slabs. The primary barriers to slab sales were limited marketing activities and low demand compared with the sales price: households were willing to pay an average of US$5 compared with a market price of US$16. Therefore, current household demand for the plastic latrine slabs in rural Kenya is too low to support commercial distribution. Further efforts are required to align the price of plastic latrine slabs with consumer demand in this setting, such as additional demand creation, product financing, and public sector investment.

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1. Peletz, R., Kisiangani, J., Ronoh, P., Cock-Esteb, A., Chase, C., Khush, R., Luoto, J. (2019). Assessing the Demand for Plastic Latrine Slabs in Rural Kenya. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 101(3), 2019, pp. 555–565, doi:10.4269/ajtmh.18-0888

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Name Elisa Sicuri
Affiliation University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
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