An Emergency WASH update – March 15, 2018


March 20 – Solutions for Dirty Water. In this third part of its “Sustainable Water, Resilient Communities” series, co-hosted with Winrock International and the Wilson Center, the USAID-funded Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP) will present “Solutions for Dirty Water” on March 20. Moderated by SWP Director Eric Viala, experts will discuss approaches to meeting the challenges of poor water quality: improving sanitation and hygiene, preventing the spread of waterborne diseases after disasters, addressing agricultural pollution and increasing water supplies through wastewater reuse.

Panelists: Jon Freedman, Global Government Affairs Leader, SUEZ; Daniele Lantagne, Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Tufts University; Lisa Schechtman, Director of Policy and Advocacy, WaterAid America; Jon Winsten, Agricultural and Environmental Economist, Winrock International; Tracy Wise, WASH Sector Advisor, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID

April 6 – Water in Humanitarian Emergencies: Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) 9th Annual Symposium: Tufts University. The event will feature discussions and breakout sessions on the role of innovation and diplomacy in addressing water concerns in humanitarian emergencies. The symposium will kick off with a keynote address by Martha Thompson on Puerto Rico’s disaster response, followed by two breakout sessions led by various water experts on the intersection of gender and water, infrastructure and investments, and waterborne disease outbreaks. Finally, the Symposium will conclude with a panel discussion on the water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa.


Taking emergency water, sanitation and hygiene to market. Oxfam Voices, March 2018. Esther Shaylor explains how Oxfam is working with other NGOs to share learning about providing emergency water, sanitation and hygiene using local markets.

Fast-acting antidote in sight for cholera epidemics. Science Daily, March 9, 2018. Groundbreaking discoveries regarding the onset of cholera are paving the way for a future, fast-acting antidote for cholera epidemics.

What You Need to Know About the Future of the Humanitarian Sector. Aid for Aid Workers, March 2018. My guest today, Sean Lowrie is the Director of START Network, has some forward thinking ideas around where the humanitarian sector is headed and what International NGO’s will need to do in order to adapt to these changes

Addressing Water, Sanitation and Disasters in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals. UN Chronicle, March 2018. The resulting recommendations on key actions include: Raising disaster risk reduction and resilience to a higher level on the political agenda. Special Thematic Sessions on water and disasters should be organized biennially in the United Nations General Assembly.

Why we must engage women and children in disaster risk management. Sustainable Cities, March 2018. At the community level, disaster risk prevention should start with boys and girls. Success stories from Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, and Bangladesh show the impact of involving children and youth in disaster risk preparedness. Children have successfully participated in mapping hazards, raising awareness through radio and games, and influencing other children, teachers, parents and communities on how to reduce disaster risks.

Monitoring and evaluation framework for WASH market based humanitarian programming: guidance document. Oxfam, 2017. In order to gather evidence about the effectiveness and efficiency of market-based programmatic approaches compared with conventional humanitarian responses, there is a need for a systematic and standardised approach for monitoring and evaluation. To support the development of this standardized approach, Oxfam (with funding from USAID/OFDA) has commissioned the production of a monitoring and evaluation framework and associated IT tools.

Climate Change and Conflict: New Research for Defense, Diplomacy, and Development. This March 7, 2018 event was held at the Wilson Center. “The long-term trends toward a warming climate, more air pollution, biodiversity loss, and water scarcity are likely to fuel economic and social discontent – and possibly upheaval – through 2018,” the U.S. National Intelligence Council warns in its Worldwide Threat Assessment. Panelists discussed how can the state of the research help us understand and address these risks and what are the next steps for translating this expertise into new security practice.


Cholera: Revised cholera kits and calculation tool, World Health Organization. In 2016 WHO introduced the Cholera Kits. These kits replace the Interagency Diarrhoeal Disease Kit (IDDK) which had been used for many years. The Cholera Kit is designed to be flexible and adaptable for preparedness.

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