Links to Key Emergency WASH Websites, Online Guides and Other Resources

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Links to Key Emergency WASH Websites, Online Guides and Other Resources

Dear Colleagues:

Links to each of the resources below are posted on Sanitation Updates .

We have set up a shared google doc of key Emergency WASH resources to monitor for new reports, studies, webinars, upcoming events, etc. Please review and let us know if you have additional resources that should be added.

Emergency WASH Websites, Online Guides and Other Resources (April 24, 2019 update)

Recent Online Toolkits/Guides/Resource Centers

Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies. EAWAG, 2016. This second, revised edition of the Compendium presents a huge range of information on sanitation systems and technologies in one volume. By ordering and structuring tried and tested technologies into once concise document, the reader is provided with a useful planning tool for making more informed decisions.

Menstrual Hygiene Management in Emergencies - The MHM in Emergencies project is a collaboration between Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the International Rescue Committee. The project has developed an MHM in emergencies toolkit and formative assessments were conducted in two humanitarian response settings.

Humanitarian Innovation Guide. Elrha, 2018. The Guide is written with two audiences in mind: humanitarian practitioners who are seeking to develop a new approach to their work and want to apply an innovation lens to solving problems; and social entrepreneurs from outside the sector who have identified an opportunity to engage with the sector and need a humanitarian framework to contextualise their innovation plans.

Resource Centers

Global WASH Cluster Resource Centre – The GWC Resource includes evidence-based publications and guidance related to WASH interventions for emergency response scenarios. The repository includes 130 of technical emergency WASH documents so far. The number of documents will be regularly incremented.

Humanitarian Library – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – This online library contains more than 400 WASH related reports and studies.

Working Groups/Google Groups

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) Working Group 8—Emergency & Reconstruction Situations – The objective of this working group is to combine the knowledge from experts in the fields of sanitation with the knowledge from experts in the field of emergency response and reconstruction. Resources on the website include a factsheet, a library, and the report, Preferences for Accessing Emergency WASH Knowledge.

Emergency WASH Google Group – The Global WASH Cluster and USAID manages this information sharing forum. Its purpose is to provide group members with current research, upcoming events, etc. related to WASH issues in emergency situations.

Emergency WASH Organizations and Websites

Action Against Hunger/Water, Sanitation and Hygiene - In 2017, Action Against Hunger's Water, Sanitation & Hygiene programs reached 6.2 million people around the world.

EAWAG—Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Emergencies – The Strategic Environmental Sanitation Planning Group is leading various efforts to support the humanitarian sector in terms of emergency WASH. Resources include the online course Introduction to Public Health Engineering in Humanitarian Contexts.

Elhra - A global charity that finds solutions to complex humanitarian problems through research and innovation.

Elhra – Evidence and Co-ordination for WASH – The demand for a WASH research agenda has recently increased, reflecting the desire to fill the gaps in evidence required for effective and efficient humanitarian interventions. This demand led to our R2HC program convening a meeting in June last year, bringing together fourteen WASH experts representing international response agencies, research institutions and donor organizations active in the field of humanitarian WASH.

Global WASH Cluster (GWC) – The GWC was formed in 2006, building upon the successes of an existing WASH humanitarian sector working group. The GWC is an open and formal platform for humanitarian WASH actors to work together and now consists of 76 members. Some resources on the GWC website include the 2018 Mid-Year Report, January–June 2018, news and events, and additional information.

Globalwaters.org - Globalwaters.org is supported by the USAID Water Team, with the aim of fostering global knowledge and collaboration for sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene access for all. The website contains an Emergency WASH section with reports and links.

Oxfam – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene - Our work encompasses public health emergency responses in humanitarian crisis, as well as a holistic, adaptable and sustainable water resource management approach for development projects including governance of water resources.

UNHCR Water Sanitation and Hygiene Technical Website - Guidelines, references, tools and technical designs for refugee settings.

Tufts University Institute of the Environment - WASH in International Development and Humanitarian Response - The WASH track prepares students for careers as water, sanitation, and hygiene professionals in international development and humanitarian response.

UNICEF WASH - UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) team works in over 100 countries worldwide to improve water and sanitation services, as well as basic hygiene practices. In times of crisis children are particularly vulnerable; UNICEF responds and provides emergency relief to those in need.

USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)/Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – OFDA is responsible for leading and coordinating the U.S. Government’s response to disasters overseas and responds to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. The latest OFDA Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector Update provides a description of OFDA efforts to support WASH programs in more than 40 countries.

USAID/OFDA on Medium – Stories and articles on OFDA projects and initiatives.
WHO – Environmental Health in Emergencies – This website section has links to WHO reports and other resources on Ebola, cholera, household water treatment, technical notes, etc.

WASH EM - Improving Handwashing behavior change programs in humanitarian crises. A software-based decision-making tool that helps humanitarian actors design rapid, evidence-based and context-specific hygiene programs.

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