Emergency WASH Biweekly Update, August 15, 2018


The Global WASH Cluster has a new website. How to Provide Feedback on the Website. Go to the bottom of the home back and you can find the link to the feedback form right below the ‘Contract us’ heading. You can also just send us an email to globalwashcluster@gmail.com if that is easier for you.

Emergency & reconstruction situations – Working Group 8 of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance – Register as a SuSanA member to join this working group and its mailing list. 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. Some of the resources include a Factsheet and Reading List.


Water Supply in a War Zone: A Preliminary Analysis of Two Urban Water Tanker Supply Systems in the Republic of Yemen. World Bank. World Bank, July 2018.
This discussion paper presents assessments of basic features of urban water supply systems in Sana’a and Aden, a detailed profile of the tanker truck service structure, including supply chain mapping, value chain analysis, and an assessment of changes to the sector since the war began. It also covers institutional support structure for the water sector, well-to-consumer supply chain, water quality, well operations, tanker trucks water delivery services, and household water demand.

A humanitarian response to the West African Ebola virus disease outbreak. Journal of International Humanitarian Action, August 2018.
The 2014–2016 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa was of unprecedented magnitude with a total of 28,616 suspected, probable, and confirmed cases reported in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Unique multisectoral partnerships forged between traditional public health actors and humanitarian actors facilitated mutual learning and opened the door to ongoing working relationships that will hasten efficient and effective response to future global public health emergencies.

Are there health hazards from disinfection byproducts in humanitarian water? Findings from a MSF water treatment plant, Palorinya, Uganda. A presentation by Matt Arnold, et al, Médecins Sans Frontières, May 2018.
Water was compliant with WHO standards for total THMs (TTHMs). Emergency treatment methods such as direct chlorination of surface water may present more risk of DBP formation.  The complicated nature and sheer number of identified DBPs make analysis, measurement and standard setting complex.

Multi-Purpose Cash and Sectoral Outcomes: A Review of Evidence and Learning. UNHCR, May 2018. Little evidence exists on the effectiveness of multi-purpose cash in delivering WASH outcomes – access to water, sanitation and hygiene – in humanitarian contexts.

Health needs and priorities of Syrian refugees in camps and urban settings in Jordan: perspectives of refugees and health care providers. EMHJ, (24)3 2018.
Focus group discussions and key informant interviews were used to identify needs, challenges and potential solutions to providing quality health care to refugees. By-person factor analysis divided refugee participants into 4 unique respondent types and compared priorities for interventions. For Type 3, poor quality drinking-water was the primary concern.

Low-cost Bangladeshi innovation at Rohingya refugee camp saves lives. CGTN, March 2018.
The Bangladeshi government approached Practical Action for low-cost but effective fecal sludge management in the camps. The organization experimented with a simple filtration system, through which fecal sludge is collected mechanically using suction pumps and discharged through a series of filtration chambers to separate liquids from solids.


The Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Global WASH Cluster and UNICEF are organizing a series of trainings on basic epidemiology and data collection for partners working in WASH activities in acute and protracted emergencies. The concept note is attached here.

Two similar trainings were organized in 2017-2018 and we are now organizing the third training. It will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 15 to 19 October 2019. For this third iteration of the training, we are targeting colleagues and partners from the Southern Africa region and Anglophone countries in West Africa.

In terms of logistics, we will pay for accommodation, breakfast and lunch. Participants will be requested to pay for their transport to the training location and dinners. For those interested in applying to join this training, here is the registration link. Note that the application deadline is 7 September 2018. https://wash-epi-training-southafrica.eventbrite.co.uk

WASH in Emergencies – Brussels by RedR UK, Mon, 1 Oct 2018, 09:00 – Fri, 5 Oct 2018, 17:00 CEST – This highly participatory course, with group exercises and theory based sessions, provides an overview of WASH in emergencies, identifying key issues and training participants on key technical skills.

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