WASH and the Elderly

The WASH & Elderly Collection is comprised of a set of resources focused on the available water, sanitation and hygiene programs and services for elderly people and those with disabilities within protection situations and limited-income settings. They are published and supported by many organizations including: HelpAge International, WEDC, WaterAid and Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE). This collection aims to shed a light on how elderly people and those with disabilities are a valuable part of any community, in any situation, but who may necessitate additional guidelines, protocals, and services. This Collection is a part of a broader channel about the elderly in humanitarian situations, and is closely related to the 'WASH and HEALTH Guidelines' Collection.


Collections on this Collection


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

Protection and the Elderly

This collection is composed of resources dealing with the protection of elderly people during times of crises, disasters, emergencies, and post-disasters. These resources come from partners within the Global Protection Cluster and organizations such as HelpAge International, UNHCR, and Natural Hazards review. They range from practical guidelines for dealing with emergency situations to the psychosocial impact that such experiences have on those in this involved. This collection will be the first of many collections discussing thematic issues and the elderly, and a part of a larger channel housed within the Age Library that deals more generally to the topic of elderly people in times of crisis.