Water, Sanitation and Hygiene- tailor-made

Location: Your choice, Worldwide (tailor-made)
Residential: No

Providing access to safe water and sanitation is a fundamental human right and is essential to any humanitarian response. Water and sanitation programming, alongside hygiene promotion, is key to reducing deaths from water-related diseases in emergency contexts. 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.

By using the tailor-made service you are not limited to our standard WASH in Emergencies course, nor the specific topic areas covered. We would be happy to tailor the agenda to meet the needs of your organisation by adapting, adding or removing modules.

Who should attend?

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Managers and Coordinators, from the field or HQ
Engineers and environmental health professionals looking to move into WASH programmes

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


  • Describe the role of WASH within the wider emergency response context
  • List the minimum global and institutional standards for WASH
  • Identify and evaluate potential emergency water supply sources
  • Conduct tests to determine the quality of water and be able to describe or demonstrate both bulk and household level water treatment techniques
  • Identify appropriate short and medium term options for sanitation and excreta disposal in a range of environments, including those with high water tables, or flooded areas
  • Explain the key considerations to be taken when designing a cholera outbreak response and the principles of disease surveillance and prevention
  • Explain the importance of hygiene promotion to WASH programming and demonstrate community engagement techniques
  • Calculate water flow in piped and gravity fed systems and describe the actions to be taken to ensure the optimal use of these systems
  • Recognise the key design features and specifications for boreholes and evaluate the performance of drilling contractors

This is a participatory workshop, bringing together a range of organisations providing various points of reference and experiences.

Course structure:

As a guide, the WASH in Emergencies workshop usually runs between three to five days. However, we would be delighted to work with you to create the training solution that best meets your needs, and can also offer a range of one day introductory courses on various WASH topics.

For more information, to discuss course content, or for a quote, please contact our training team.


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