Introduction to WASH in Epidemics

Date: 19 May 2017
Length: 1 days
Location: London, UK
Residential: No

Pakistan WASH

                                                                                                                                                                                  Part of WASH Week 2017!

About the course

Provision of water, sanitation and health and hygiene education are vital components in halting the spread of an epidemic. Required not only to raise hygiene standards in affected populations, but also to support medical facilities, this course looks at the role of WASH in an epidemic response and the preparedness, prevention and response actions it underpins.

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

Whats does the course cover?

  • Basic epidemiology and WASH
  • Collaboration and Coordination in epidemic responses
  • Using epidemiological data
  • Contingency planning

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

  • Describe the basic elements of epidemiology and how these can be used to structure preventative actions
  • Explain the need for close collaboration with health teams during epidemics and the support that WASH and community mobilisation can provide to medical interventions
  • Describe how epi-data can be utilised to shape and inform a response
  • Design a draft contingency plan for responding to epidemics following a large scale emergency

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


The course will be taught by one of the following facilitators

Elena Oyon

Toby Gould

Michelle Farrington

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 overview of the basic elements of epidemiology and how to support WASH responses. In the following session, the course will look at raising awareness of the need for strong coordination with health authorities in epidemic responses, describing the limits of WASH interventions and the need for a medical partner.

After lunch, the epidemiological data session will examin how epi-data can be used to inform and shape responses. The subsequent session will be spent on contingency planning for disease outbreaks. 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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