Emergency WASH

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Improved Chlorination Mitigates Disease Outbreaks

Access to safe drinking water is critical in preventing transmission of waterborne diseases. The benefits of using chlorine as a disinfectant in emergencies and waterborne disease outbreaks include low cost, high availability, and ease of monitoring. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) specialists have assisted Ministries of Water and Health and other partners to improve chlorination and water quality monitoring in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Zambia, and Zimbabwe during outbreaks and emergencies.

Field Guide

An Introduction to Community Engagement in WASH

The humanitarian sector has been strengthening its focus on and commitment to community-centered responses in recent years. This guide aims to provide field staff with clear, accessible guidance on the principles and practice of community engagement in WASH programs. The content has been field tested in a variety of contexts.

Article

Turning on the Water: USAID Collaborates with Local Partners to Restore Water Access to Northeast Syria

Inside Syria today, 13 million people lack basic provisions, including water, food, and electricity. In addition, more than 5.8 million internally displaced people fled their homes and sought refuge in neighboring communities or regions. To address these urgent needs in areas previously under Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) control, USAID supports local officials to restore essential services through the Syria Essential Services II project (SES II). 

Intl Campaign Day

World Water Day 2019: Leaving No One Behind

World Water Day 2019 falls on March 22. This year's theme is "Leaving No One Behind," is based on a core pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development—that everyone must benefit from sustainable development. 

Report

Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene Innovation Catalogue

This catalogue consists of a collection of promising new solutions in WASH, with more than 30 innovations that could help practitioners to solve their most pressing problems. Taking an innovation from idea to scale can take years, and the innovations featured in this catalogue are all at different stages on that journey, but what this offers the WASH sector now is a look at the exciting work happening around the world to address common challenges.

 

Report

Social Science in Epidemics: Cholera Lessons Learned

This report is the first installment of the ‘Social Science in Epidemics’ series, commissioned by the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Direct Assistance (OFDA). In this series, past outbreaks are reviewed in order to identify social science ‘entry points’ for emergency interventions and preparedness activities. The aim is to determine tangible ways to address the social, political and economic dynamics of epidemics and to ensure that interventions build on the social and cultural resources of the communities they aim to support.

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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.  

Website

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.

Blog

Where to Find USAID at the 2018 UNC Water and Health Conference

The Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy will take place October 29–November 2, 2018, at the University of North Carolina ­(UNC)-Chapel Hill. The UNC Water Institute’s annual event has grown to become one of the most important gatherings in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector held in the United States. The conference this year focuses on five themes: