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News & Features - April 2013

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Emergencies

Thursday 4th April 2013

REdRWater, Sanitation and Hygiene, or WASH as it is more commonly known, is the single most important aspect of any humanitarian operation. In the setting up of a refugee camp, everything else can be in places – tents, nutrition centres, clinics, schools – but if that little valve does not produce water when you turn it, or if there are no latrine facilities available, the refugees will not come.

It is therefore vital for humanitarian agencies and NGOs to have personnel trained in all aspects of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. This can range from identifying the needs of the affected population, testing and treating water through a range of different methods as appropriate to and achievable in the context, the design and drilling of boreholes, the management of solid waste, disease surveillance and epidemic planning, to the designing and building piped systems and water pumps.

RedR UK’s WASH in Emergencies course considers all of these aspects and more. Over five days, the course provides both theoretical and practical learning, with hands-on opportunities to try out the methodologies about which you are learning, and to practice using the tools, techniques and equipment common in the field.

For more information on WASH in the humanitarian and development sectors, visit the UNHCR website here.

For more information about RedR UK’s WASH in Emergencies course, next running from 20-24 May 2013, visit the RedR UK website here.

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Career Focus - Marie Stopes International

Thursday 4th April 2013

MSIMarie Stopes International exists to bring quality family planning and reproductive healthcare to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. We’ve been delivering family planning, safe abortion, and maternal health services for over 30 years.

Millions of women worldwide turn to us for help each year, whether in limiting the size of their families, or avoiding dangerous complications in pregnancy or unsafe abortion.

Commitment to saving lives

Our work is underpinned by our passionate commitment to save and improve women’s lives. For families living in extreme poverty, these are life and death issues. They trust us because we put their interests first.

With operations in 42 countries, we are one of the largest international family planning organisations in the world. Our focus is on providing a full range of services to people who would not otherwise be able to access them.

In particular we work with women and men in remote rural areas and in urban slums whose poor access to family planning and reproductive health care only exacerbates their poverty and vulnerability.

Giving people a choice

Our mission is to give people a choice: the choice of when and whether to have children, the choice of what type of family planning methods to use, and the choice of where and how to get them.

The people who turn to us - our clients - are at the centre of everything we do. By giving them choices, we are helping them to take control of their lives,to manage their health, their families, and their futures.

In 2010, we provided seven million couples with high quality reproductive healthcare. Our services include: family planning, safe abortion (where abortion is permitted), post-abortion care, maternal and child health care, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Benefits of working with us

No matter where you are in the organisation you will be a part of a progressive and collaborative work environment and we can guarantee that you will be surrounded by passionate, focused, intelligent, high-achieving, talented individuals.

As a team we all contribute in different ways, combining our unique skill-sets and personal attributes to create a truly fulfilling working environment. And we’re all dedicated to achieving the organisation’s mission of children by choice, not chance. This makes Marie Stopes International an innovative, visionary and enjoyable place to be. We’re proud of that - it keeps us coming back day after day, and we hope it will do the same for you.

Benefits for our international assignee team members

We offer a competitive benefits package for individuals and/or families. We acknowledge that families come in many different guises and recognise both civil partnerships and same-sex relationships as well as up to three children for the purpose of contribution to school fees.

To find out more about a career with Marie Stopes, please visit our website at www.mariestopes.org.uk

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