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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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