Incontinence and WASH Collection

Members of an informal email group on incontinence in humanitarian and development settings have identified a lack of acknowledgement and support for people with incontinence. In response the group has been developing tools and collating resources to enable development and humanitarian professionals to create a supportive environment for people in low- and middle-income countries to manage their incontinence hygienically, safely, in privacy and with dignity.

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WASH and Health Guidelines

The "WASH and Health Guidelines" Collection compiles recent humanitarian practices on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), aiming to improve the health levels of affected populations. According to European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, "Water, sanitation and hygiene (also known as WASH) are closely connected sectors and essential for good public health. In emergency and crisis situations, providing access to clean water in sufficient quantities is paramount. Basic sanitation and hygiene education are important for a healthy living environment. [...]. Lack of access to clean water and to basic sanitation, and low hygiene standards increase the vulnerability of people to epidemic outbreaks." To learn more about this, visit: https://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/water-sanitation-hygiene_en

WASH: Sanitation Resources

The "WASH: Sanitation Resources" Collection aims to support procedures that promote sanitation in humanitarian contexts. As declared by WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on 1 October 2018, “Sanitation prevents disease and promotes human dignity and well-being, making it the perfect expression of WHO’s definition of health, as expressed in its constitution, as “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. . . The guidelines recognize that safe sanitation systems underpin the mission of WHO, its strategic priorities and the core mission of ministries of health globally.”