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WASH in Emergencies

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MSF Espace Bruno Corbé (EBC)

Avenue du Port 104

1000 Brussels


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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 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

  • Recognise the key design features and specifications for boreholes and evaluate the performance of drilling contractors

Course Overview:

Registration will take place from 8.45 am on Monday. Training will run from 9 am and conclude at 5.00 pm. Each day is broken up into four sessions, separated by an hour lunch break and 15 minute coffee/ tea breaks in the morning and afternoon.

From the second day, training begins with a review of the topics covered the previous day to ensure that the concepts, tools, and frameworks are fully understood. Every day ends with a period of reflection, evaluation, and questions.

Participants will be actively encouraged to participate in classroom discussions, group work and a desk-based simulation. The trainers will draw on both theoretical and practical knowledge in order to make the experience and learning applicable to the realities of field logistics in a humanitarian disaster.

Day 1

After the welcome and introductions, the course begins with an introduction to WASH for emergencies. This is followed by WASH needs and standards, linking the subject to humanitarian codes and good practice. After lunch you will learn about WASH assessments, water quality testing, and emergency water sources.

Day 2

On day two you will look at a range of water treatment methods, including sedimentation, coagulation and flocculation, chlorination, and household water treatment techniques. Immediately after lunch there will also be a session on water and sanitation facilities for hygiene.

Day 3

In the morning you will learn about hygiene promotion, and how to manage solid waste in an emergency situation. After lunch, the course addresses short and medium term options for sanitation. The afternoon also includes sessions on menstruation and non food items.

Day 4

Day four begins by looking at borehole design and specification. The second session focuses on disease surveillance and epidemic planning, with particular focus on designing for a cholera outbreak. This continues into the afternoon. The final session of the day is a practical session of bacteriological testing.

Day 5

System curves and water flow in piped systems is the subject of the first session on day five. This is followed by a look at pumps, including the different types and how to choose which is most suitable. You will take part in a practical piece of group work on Emergency WASH in the afternoon, to cement what you have learnt during the course.


Early Bird tickets (10% Discount) are available until 1 month before the course start date, after which standard fees will apply.

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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

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The minimum age for this event is 18.

What's the refund policy?

-For bookings cancelled two or more weeks before a course, administrative charges will apply. Applicants will be entitled to a refund of 85% of the course fees paid, or if places are available will be offered a transfer of 90% of the course fees paid onto the next instance of the course.
-For bookings cancelled one to ten working days* before a course begins, 25% of the course fee will be refunded (*during normal UK working days, Monday-Friday and working hours 9am-5pm).
-For bookings cancelled less than 24 hours (working days only) before a course, or after a course has started, no refund will provided.
-If the applicant chooses to transfer to another course and then cancels their booking a second time, neither a further transfer nor a refund will be offered.
-The refund must be claimed within two months from the cancelled course start date.
-Please note that unfortunately we are only able to cover our local bank charges and not the recipient’s bank charges when we make refunds.
-Refunds may take up to 30 days.

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