This project aims to take a fresh look at the way we deliver water and sanitation facilities, and hygiene promotion, to children in disasters. Clean water and hygienic sanitation facilities are crucial in saving lives in the aftermath of a disaster; however, the facilities which are provided are often unsuitable or dangerous for children, because they are designed for adults. We think that there are solutions out there including imaginative ways to promote hygiene issues to children, both in schools and at home. This project will pull ideas together, and begin to test them in Save the Children projects in Ethiopia and Pakistan.
With this grant from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, we hope to answer some crucial questions which prevent children from using Water and Sanitation facilities. These include:
Although water and sanitation in emergencies is a well-established area of emergency response, there is a crucial gap in the provision of useable, safe facilities to children. This pilot study aims to pull together existing knowledge about solving this problem, and improve emergency responders’ understanding of the unique needs of children, and the dangers which can occur if their needs are overlooked. It will begin to develop innovative solutions to the problems that children face during emergencies, and ultimately help to save more lives.
This project aims to make best use of innovative solutions which may already exist, but aren’t developed or shared with the wider humanitarian community. We know that this is a crucial gap which stops lives being saved and that by addressing it the effectiveness of water and sanitation work in emergencies will be maximised.
Recognition – this project will raise awareness of this problem and begin to explore solutions, by means of a scoping study.
So, how does Save the Children’s WASH work help children, in particular?” It’s a difficult question for me: clearly our work helps the entire community. And, other agencies also provide emergency water supply and sanitation, so what makes Save the Children different? That’s why Save the Children has initiated research on how best to adapt Emergency WASH work to take into account the distinct needs of children, focusing on appropriate ways of working, and the technology choices available.View
The last few weeks have involved 2 main activities: data collection and cleaning, and software testing. The end of 2013 marked the end of the inclusion period for data to be reviewed in our upcoming analysis. Going back a little, we planned to create a full and comparable dataset of reports from both Save the Children and partner NGO programmes in order to compare different supplementary feeding programme (SFP) contexts and approaches and identify how best to maximise performance.View
In general the research has succeeded in identifying a large gap in knowledge and practice, when implementing emergency WASH programmes and in considering the needs of children.View
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