Communities affected by disaster or conflict often lack basic water and sanitation facilities, and face significant barriers to maintain their hygiene. This often results in increasing risk of disease transmission and epidemics and may also affect their dignity and safety. Improving access to safe water and sanitation facilities and promoting proper hygiene reduces those risks. When people are also motivated to practice good hygiene – especially hand-washing with soap – in addition to accessing proper water and sanitation services, health benefits are significantly increased. Hygiene promotion is therefore of crucial importance in emergency settings.
Hygiene promotion is more than the promotion of handwashing with soap. Hygiene promotion is the planned, systematic attempt to enable people to take action to prevent or mitigate water, sanitation, and hygiene related diseases and provides a practical way to facilitate community participation and accountability in emergencies.
DSS water is now organizing an English spoken 1-day training on hygiene promotion in emergency on July 3rd 2019.
The training is recommended for all water, sanitation and hygiene experts who consider being deployed by DSS water, or for professionals working within WASH in the emergency sector. In the training, participants will learn that hygiene promotion is more than the promotion of handwashing with soap. It aims at enabling people to take action to prevent or mitigate WASH related diseases, which includes facilitating community participation and accountability in emergencies.
The training addresses the basics of hygiene promotion in emergency and will use the 8 steps of hygiene promotion in emergency as outlined by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and will cover basic aspects of hygiene promotion elements as stated in the guidelines of the Sphere Manual.
The training is free of charge and will take place from 8.30 am to 17.00 pm on July 3rd at the Red Cross in The Hague (Anna van Saksenlaan 50).
Are you interested in broadening your knowledge and would you like to attend? Please register as soon as possible, by sending a short motivation (max. 200 words) and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.