Emergency WASH for Children

The "Emergency WASH for Children" (2014) resource is a scoping study by Save the Children and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund.While existing emergency WASH literature often refers to the hardware requirements of children, particularly to excreta disposal options, it almost never takes into account the needs of children of different ages and more often provides very superficial information. Similarly, literature on hygiene promotion focuses on primary school age children; meanwhile case studies and examples from the field of how to adapt WASH programmes to suit children’s needs are also very limited. Although children are considered as a cross cutting issue in Sphere, most organisations do not consider them as such, and without institutional recognition it is likely that responses aimed at children will remain inconsistent. Save the Children UK obtained funding from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund to research how the WASH sector was currently responding to the needs of children and what guidance was available, in order to identify best practice and make recommendations for further research and development. Current research examined the existing literature, sent out questionnaires and interviewed practitioners and academics and made use of field work in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. This research was guided by Save the Children, International Medical Corps, UNICEF and Oxfam GB. For further information please visit https://www.elrha.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2014-10-11-Emergency-WA...