CIDRZ through the LSHTM – SHARE Consortium recently awarded research grants to Changwe Mafuta and Simapimbi Munaye, both 5th year University of Zambia (UNZA) School of Engineering Scholars to finish their research on sanitation engineering projects that will benefit Zambia.
CIDRZ and the Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) Consortium of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) collaborated on the Creating Demand for Sanitation (SanDem) project with funding from the UK Department for International Development. It is through this project that CIDRZ was pleased to award 2000 British Pounds Sterling each to deserving UNZA Civil Engineering students Mr Changwe Mafuta and Mr Samapimbi Munaye. The research projects of these two gentlemen rose about the others in their specific aim to address local sanitation challenges from an engineering perspective. These grants will support the completion of these student’s research project work. Funding was made available by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Mr Mafuta’s project is titled “Developing a lever, eco-sanitary toilet that does not use water to fush faecal matter, and use solar energy to treat waste, while Mr Munaye’s project is “Improving sanitation through recycling of plastic solid waste materials.”
Attending the event on behalf of CIDRZ – which was part of the University of Zambia 2016 Academic Year prize giving ceremony – was Chief Scientific Officer Dr Roma Chilengi, Director of Human Resources, Roselyne Raelly and Coordinator of the CIDRZ SanDem project, Joyce Chinyama Chilekwa. The Vice Chancellor of UNZA, Dr Luke Evuta Mumba, officiated the event and wanted to recognize and appreciate all stakeholders in the engineering training. “This country cannot develop without a sound engineering desk,” he emphasized.