What's New in WASH?

Check this page for updates on the Federation's WASH work.

A new way to interact with and learn about the Red Cross and Red Crescent WASH world. We are launching a podcast called the WASHcast. We will regularly upload episodes covering a range of topics, presented by a wide array of WASH voices. You can find the WASHcast in a number of ways. Download from the IFRC website here or use the search function of any podcast app like iTunes, etc.

NEW URBAN WASH SECTION, scroll down on your left to 'URBAN' and we look forward to your contributions - send to William Carter and/or Robert Fraser.


The “Hygiene Matters” Report : Joining Forces for Progress. A side session of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly

The UN Sustainable Development Goals call for new, innovative ways of thinking and working. At the session on 23 September, SCA and WSSCC launched a joint research report, Hygiene Matters http://wsscc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Hygiene-Matters-Report-Launch-23-September-2016.pdf

STOCKHOLM World Water Week 2016 - Monday 29th August to Friday September 2nd.

There are three components:

  • SWWW itself, go to: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/

  • IFRC hosted event “Can WASH projects deliver sustainable growth and employment?” (on the Tuesday, 14.00 to 15.30 in room FH307).

  • NS WASH Advisors meeting at Hotel Adlon, formal meeting all day Wednesday and informal side meetings Thursday.
Please contact us if you need more information at: wash.geneva@ifrc.org

See practical information and pre-reading for the August RC/RC WASH advisors meeting in Stockholm HERE.
See outcomes from the RC/RC WASH advisors meeting in Vienna (pre- and post reading) HERE

You can still see the pre-reading for the last meeting in Stockholm HERE.

Collection of Ebola related WASH documents


Operational research on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) kits for emergencies

Case study and results from pilot research on MHM kits in Bwagiriza refugee camp, Burundi, 2013

Case studies on CLTS and PHAST from Kenya, Eritrea and Ethiopia - now available in English and French!
These case studies capture the experiences, lessons and recommendations of National Societies in East Africa who have implemented hybrid WatSan software approaches (with a focus on CLTS and PHAST). Find the case studies here

World Water Day 2013!

You can find videos, slideshows, and stories about the power of water and sanitation to improve and save lives on our website: Video and Story

New Gender and Menstrual Hygiene Resources added

The Federation's new guidance note on gender and water and sanitation has been added to the Gender section. The new publication "Menstrual hygiene matters" has also been uploaded to both the Sanitation and Gender sections.



Sanitation Equipment Development:

Federation, in consortium with WASTE and Oxfam GB, announces securing a two year grant from USAID to develop new equipment for sanitation activities in emergencies.One of the clearest lessons we took from the Haiti earthquake response was that we were not fully prepared to respond to sanitation needs in the urban context. Since then we have worked to improve this capacity across the range of our emergency response tools. This primarily has takes the form of:
  • Improved WatSan emergency response training
  • Improving the skills of Red Cross Red Crescent Volunteers involved in National and Regional Disaster Response Teams (NDRT/RDRT), Emergency Response Units (ERUs), and FACT.
  • Working with the private sector to improve the equipment that our response teams uses in sanitation
To further strengthen this process, the Federation, in consortium with WASTE and Oxfam GB, is pleased to announce that we have secured a two year grant from USAID to develop new equipment for sanitation activities in emergencies.
  • The grant funds the design and field testing of equipment for a variety of sanitation equipment needs.
  • Results will be patent free and widely shared (as well as included in our Emergency Relief Items Catalogue).
  • We believe this will increase the capacity and flexibility of the entire WatSan sector to provide sanitation in emergencies, particularly in the urban context
  • The Federation will focus on the areas of desludging, sludge treatment and disposal, and hand washing.
  • The sponsoring of student design contests is included in the grant.
Several NSs have begun planning to develop similar equipment, particularly for ERUs, and we see excellent opportunities to coordinate our efforts and work in partnership. Emergency sanitation is a complicated, and previously much neglected, topic.

getting.the.balance.right.jpgLaunch of the IFRC sanitation advocacy report

The report is the first step in a multi-year advocacy strategy to influence key stakeholder’s decisions in favor of getting the balance right between sanitation and water and to keep it on top of our Red Cross Red Crescent health agenda.

The full report can be found here.

AP.CWF.jpgCeramic Water Filters Red Cross Red Crescent experiences and lessons in Asia
This document captures key experiences from National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Asia who have implemented programmes with ceramic water filters. It includes lessons learned and recommendations for National Societies in the Asia Pacific zone (along with partner National Societies and the IFRC Secretariat), who may be looking to implement similar programmes in the future.

Stockholm World Water Week

You are invited to an exciting event at this year’s Stockholm World Water Week. On August 27th at 15:45, the Swedish Red Cross, IFRC, and WFP will co-host a 3 hour seminar on WatSan and Food Security. Insufficient access to water, poor sanitation, and inadequate hygiene all impact on vulnerable communities' food security, nutrition, and ultimately development. In this session, we will look at new approaches and solutions to scale up interventions and address such challenges, across the entire relief to development spectrum.

Attendance requires registration for at least that day of Stockholm World Water Week. Online registration can be done here: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/sa/node.asp?node=479

We hope you can join us for this event and look forward to seeing you there. Please let me know if you need any additional information.

Facing the Water, Sanitation, and Food Security Challenge

Part I- Resilience in the Water and Food Security Nexus (WFP)

15:45/15:50 Introduction, welcoming remarks. (IFRC and WFP)
15:50/16:30 Key note speaker and WFP's approach to building resilient food security through water-related interventions.

Part II – Closing the Gap on Sanitation Coverage, IFRC's Approach and Rationale

16:30/16:40 New Developments on Emergency Sanitation (William Carter, Water and Sanitation Senior Officer, IFRC)
16:40/16:50 Sanitation in Recovery following the Haiti Earthquake (Michel Becks, Water and Sanitation Adviser, The Netherlands Red Cross Society)
16:50/17:00 Water and productive sanitation as drivers towards food security (Patrick Fox, Water and Sanitation Adviser, Swedish Red Cross)
17:00/17:10 Q&A (Audience)
17:10/17:30 Coffee Break

Part III- Panel discussion. WASH, Food Security and Resilience: The way forward

17:30/18:35 (Moderated by Overseas Development Institute)
The session will take a look at the current challenges and the way forward in building resilience through water, sanitation and food security interventions, especially in the context of climate change and increased disaster risk.
Anna Tufvesson, Senior Programme Manager, Water and Environment Swedish Embassy in Nairobi. DFID (tbc)
Jean Lapègue, Senior Advisor WASH,Scientific and Technical Direction, ACF
Maher Salman, Technical Officer, FAO Land and Water Unit
Carlo Scaramella, Coordinator, WFP Office for Climate Change, Environment and Food Security.
Robert Fraser, Water and Sanitation Senior Officer, Coordinator, IFRC.
18:35/18:45 Closing Remarks (WFP and IFRC)

Delft Emergency Sanitation Workshop

Last month the Netherlands Red Cross and IFRC (along with Oxfam, WASTE, and Aldus) had the pleasure of hosting a three day emergency sanitation workshop at UNESCO-IHE in Delft. The workshop brought suppliers, academics, and humanitarian agencies together to discuss the requirements for sanitation equipment in emergencies. The focus was on raised toilets, desludging, and wastewater treatment and disposal. There are many solutions currently available and many more in development.

We hope to have some exciting news on this topic in the coming months and will share this with you soon. There is a lot happening, it’s a great time to be working on toilets!

Please find more information on the workshop and the presentations here:http://www.susana.org/lang-en/working-groups/wg08/workshops/242-workshops-on-emergency-sanitation-/760-workshop-on-emergency-sanitation-in-delft-the-netherlands-june-2012-