Slum life: Improving sanitation through community action Thu, 2011-09-01 17:19

Nearly 800 million people living in urban areas worldwide lack sanitation, and this challenge was centre stage at World Water Week in Stockholm this August. Sheela Patel, chair of Shack/Slum Dwellers International ? one of SHARE?s partners ? urged delegates at the prestigious event to recognise slums as neighbourhoods producing their own solutions, rather than a sea of dilapidated shacks. In this episode, she repeats her plea for the urban poor to be involved in decision-making and shows how public toilets are at the heart of slum upgrading.