Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Innovating Emergency WASH

This initiative aims to stimulate innovation in emergency water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). We enable creative problem-solving combined with rigorous testing and evidence building to have a positive impact in the most pressing challenges faced by emergency WASH practitioners globally.


Limited access to clean water and poor sanitation are critical drivers for the spread of Diarrhoeal diseases, constituting a critical challenge during periods of crisis. Such diseases account for more than 40% of deaths in the acute emergency phase, and for 80% of deaths in children under two. Girls and women are particularly affected by a lack of well-designed latrines and access to safe water. Recent years have seen considerable demand from implementing agencies for innovations in the WASH programming options open to them.

Our Technical Working Group provides expert support to guide our WASH programme.

Elrha is a registered charity in England and Wales (1177110).

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