emergency WASH

Resource Collection

Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster risk reduction encompasses efforts to prevent or mitigate damage inflicted by earthquakes, floods, droughts, and storms.

Brief

Chlorine Tablet Use for Household Water Treatment in Emergencies: Guidance for Tablet Selection

In emergencies, safe drinking water is a priority to prevent disease. Chlorine is often used to treat drinking water, as it inactivates most bacteria and viruses that cause diarrheal disease and the remaining free chlorine residual (FCR) provides protection against recontamination in storage. For effective treatment, water should be dosed with enough chlorine to ensure that FCR is maintained for the length of storage time in the household. At the same time, levels high enough to exceed taste and odor acceptability thresholds should be avoided. 

Resource Collection

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.

News Link

Uganda - U.S. Offers Relief Support to Communities Affected by Floods and Landslides

Through a USAID award, Catholic Relief Services will provide emergency shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and non-food items to communities with the greatest need in Bundibugyo. To ensure the U.S. assistance targets the most vulnerable households, CRS will coordinate with local government officials and affected communities and consult with marginalized groups such as women, children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly to adapt programming to their specific needs and challenges.

Event

Learning Event: Building Resilient WASH Systems in Fragile Contexts

Learning Event: Building Resilient WASH Systems in Fragile Contexts by the Global WASH Cluster & German WASH Network & UNICEF.

The German WASH Network together with UNICEF and with funding of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany will host a learning event and working meeting in Geneva, December 12-13, 2019. This mix will help contribute to the general objectives: the onboarding of new stakeholders and an alignment in understanding between actors from the humanitarian and development arenas to create process outcomes of a higher quality.

Event

WASH Debates - Sustainable WASH Service Delivery in Fragile States: How Far Can You Get?

Specific objectives of this WASH Debate are to learn about the following:
- Understand how WASH systems can be developed and strengthened in fragile contexts
- Explore the extent to which external programmes should focus on strengthening the state rather than civil society organisations in WASH
- Exchange lessons learned on the provision of WASH services between NGO staff, government policy officers and experts working in fragile contexts

Article

Averting a Cholera Epidemic in the Wake of Dual Natural Disasters

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall March 15, 2019, it pummeled Mozambique’s fourth-largest city Beira and three neighboring provinces, leaving only 10 percent of the port city intact. An unprecedented cyclone in scope and scale, the storm’s flooding and devastation affected nearly 2 million people in three countries (including Zimbabwe and Malawi) and led to the deaths of approximately 960 people.

Country Profile

Niger

CONTEXT

Niger is an emerging democracy landlocked in the increasingly unstable Sahel region. It consistently ranks at or near the bottom of the United Nations Human Development Index. USAID assists the Nigerien government and local partners to create economic opportunities and increase civic and political participation for Nigerien youth to help undermine extremist messages and encourage stability in Niger and the region.

APPROACH