emergency management

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2018 Sphere Handbook

The Sphere Handbook is aimed at practitioners involved in planning, managing or implementing a humanitarian response. This includes staff and volunteers of local, national and international humanitarian organisations responding to a crisis, as well as affected people themselves. The Handbook is also used for humanitarian advocacy to improve the quality and accountability of assistance and protection in line with humanitarian principles.

Webinar

Upcoming Webinar: Mums Magic Hands –Mum's Magic Hands. A Handwashing Promotion Programme for Emergency

Diarrhoeal disease is the second leading cause of death in children under five years old. Handwashing with soap can reduce the risk of diarrhoeal disease by up to 48% but knowledge of its importance for disease prevention is not always reflected in practice.

Oxfam, Unilever's Lifebuoy soap and Unilever's Chief Sustainability Office have developed Mum's Magic Hands, an interactive approach based on storytelling which uses field tested, emotional and health motivators to promote effective hand washing in communities affected by emergencies.  

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Wash'Em

Wash'Em is helping improve handwashing behavior change programs in humanitarian crises. This software-based decision-making tool that helps humanitarian actors design rapid, evidence-based and context-specific hygiene programs. The Wash'Em site features rapid assessment tools, learning modules and practitioner resource guides.

Wash’Em's assessment tools are adapted to the emergency contexts and are directly linked to program design. So far the written guides have been pilot-tested in crises in Iraq, DRC, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

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Emergency WASH

Emergency water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is a critical component of USAID’s humanitarian assistance for vulnerable populations, who are much more susceptible to diseases related to inadequate sanitation and water supplies.

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Project Profile: Emergency WASH Response in Africa

WASH Response Helps Stabilize Regions in Africa

Emergency WASH Response in Africa with the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance | 2014–2019

In times of crisis, whether natural or conflict-induced, affected communities are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne diseases, such as diarrhea and cholera, caused by a lack of safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene.

Progress Report

[OFDA] Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector Update FY 2016

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs represent vital components of USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) responses to slow- and rapid-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as disaster-affected populations are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, USAID/OFDA provided approximately $247 million to support WASH programs in more than 35 countries.

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USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance - WASH in Emergencies

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs represent vital components of USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) responses to rapid-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as disaster-affected populations are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases. WASH interventions in emergencies often include promotion of good hygienic practices, construction or repair of latrines, removal of solid waste, and provision of safe, treated water.