Key insights for organizations providing WASH services in conflict

An aid worker teaches about hand washing and sanitation at a refugee camp in Mauritania. Photo by: Anouk Delafortrie / European Commission / CC BY-NC-ND

When Médecins Sans Frontières researcher Andrew Cunningham set out to interview key players in water and sanitation, he found quick agreement about the problem: A huge gap in emergency WASH interventions. Few actors are providing even fewer services in the first three months of many humanitarian crises — a critical period for the health and well-being of those affected.

There is less agreement on how to plug the holes in WASH coverage. MSF, a medical relief organization that will step in to provide emergency WASH when needed, set out to look for fixes. Cunningham’s report, published July 10, details the roots of the problem and discusses ideas on how to move forward.

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    Elizabeth Dickinson

    Elizabeth Dickinson is a former associate editor at Devex. Based in the Middle East, she has previously served as Gulf correspondent for The National, assistant managing editor at Foreign Policy, and Nigeria correspondent at The Economist. Her writing also appeared in The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Politico Magazine, and Newsweek, among others.