Poor surface water drainage can pose health risks by supporting the development of vector-borne diseases such as malaria or cholera. It can also pose accessibility problems by making it difficult for people and humanitarian services to make their way through a camp and maintain essential water and sanitation services.
Building on the findings of our Gap Analysis, and the Problem Exploration Report on Surface Water Drainage, two core problems stood out:
We have also produced a Challenge Candidate List, which provides a summary of the key challenges presented in the Problem Exploration Report
on Surface Water Drainage.
We have prioritised innovations looking to address these particular surface water drainage challenges.
Globally, waterborne diseases and sanitation-related infections are both major contributors to public healthcare burdens and mortality. Effective drainage reduces breeding grounds for vectors (such as mosquitoes) and reduces the creation of muddy stagnant pools that harbour dangerous pathogens which cause a wide range of diseases. The findings of this report suggest that a paradigm shift that takes into account the need for long-term, tailored drainage solutions in emergency situations is required.
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