Introduction to Sanitation in Emergencies

Date: 17 May 2017
Length: 1 days
Location: London, UK
Residential: No

Part of WASH Week 2017!

About the Course:

This course aims to provide an introduction to sanitation in emergencies, with a main focus on excreta disposal, covering topics such as environmental health, assessing needs, and design options for the immediate relief and recovery stages following a disaster. The course is highly participatory, using a mixture of theory and practical group work. You will learn about the practical hardware and design options used in excreta management programmes in emergency response.  Introduction to Sanitation in Emergencies complements Introduction to Hygiene Promotion, which covers methods of hygiene behaviour change and community engagement.

Introduction to Sanitation in Emergencies is one of four courses that are being run as part of RedR’s WASH Week. Other courses include WASH EssentialsIntroduction to Water Supply in Emergencies, Introduction to Hygiene Promotion in Emergencies and Introduction to WASH in Epidemics.

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What does the course cover?

  • Sanitation and environmental health in emergencies
  • Links between sanitation and other sectors in emergency response
  • Sanitation needs and assessment
  • Sphere standards for excreta management
  • Emergency design options for excreta management
  • Medium term design options for excreta management
  • Case studies and group work

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify how WASH overlaps with other sectors, in particular, health, shelter and nutrition
  • Give definitions of WASH terminology
  • Describe the impact of WASH programmes
  • Describe the areas of WASH response covered by the term ‘sanitation’
  • Explain the importance of managing excreta during an emergency situation
  • Describe the Sphere standards for excreta management and assess whether these are being met in a particular scenario
  • Assess emergency design options for excreta management for their suitability in a given scenario
  • Suggest suitable medium term design options for excreta management for a given scenario

Who should attend?

This introductory workshop is ideal for anybody approaching the water, sanitation & hygiene promotion (WASH) sector for the first time. It is suitable for those with or without humanitarian experience and assumes no prior knowledge of WASH or engineering. 

The course would be useful for: those with a background in engineering looking to apply their skills to a humanitarian setting and wanting to learn about the sanitation challenges particular to an emergency context; generalist humanitarian workers looking to move into the WASH sector and who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the sanitation aspects of WASH; or aid workers currently working in the WASH sector who would like to improve their knowledge of sanitation.


The course will be taught by one of the following facilitators.

Elena Oyon

Michelle Farrington

Toby Gould

Course structure:

Registration will take place from 9 am.  Training will begin at 9.30am and conclude at 5.30 pm. The day is broken up into four sessions, separated by an hour lunch break and 15 minute tea/coffee breaks in the morning and afternoon.

The day begins with an introduction to sanitation and the areas of WASH programmes covered within this catch-all term. For the remainder of the course, the training will focus in one aspect of sanitation: excreta management.  You will look at the disease aspects of excreta management and be introduced to Sphere Standards.

In the following session, the course will examine emergency design options for scenarios such as mass movements of people post-emergency. Before lunch, the analysis will move on to medium term design options and the positives and negatives of each.

The afternoon will be spent on case studies, planning a sanitation response for the immediate aftermath of an emergency, making a transition to medium term solutions, and the eventual handover to development programmes. The day ends with a period of reflection, evaluation, and questions.


The fees are inclusive of all training resources, lunch and refreshments. For further information on pricing bands please use the link on the right.


Early Bird Fee

Standard Fee

Band A 

  • Those working for southern national & local NGOs
  • Full-time students



Band B 

  • Individuals funding themselves
  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1million/$1.5million



Band C 

  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income greater than £1million/$1.5million



Band D 

  • Those working for commercial, governmental and intergovernmental organisations



Early bird fee: Book and pay up to a month in advance to receive a 10% discount through our early bird scheme.

Multiple Bookings

Book two or more courses within the WASH Week series and you will receive further discounts.

Band A: save £10 per day if you book 2 or more days
Band B: save £15 per day if you book 2 or more days
Band C: save £20 per day if you book 2 or more days
Band D: save £25 per day if you book 2 or more days


For more information please contact our training team. Please click here to read our full terms and conditions.

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