Department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development

Emergency and Humanitarian Contexts

Emergencies, be they natural or man-made disasters, and protracted crises have increased worldwide in the recent past. The provision of adequate sanitation at every step of a crisis, from the first emergency to rehabilitation and long-term development, and along every step in the service chain, is crucial in order to protect human and environmental health. The Management of Excreta, Wastewater, and Sludge (MEWS) group is providing technical backstopping support to humanitarian aid projects, developing technical guidelines and factsheets for the design of management and technology solutions, and working on further refining methods for analysis and monitoring.

Current activities include

Available resources include

Project partner

  • SHA

Current funding

  • SHA


Gensch, R.; Jennings, A.; Renggli, S.; Reymond, P. (2018) Compendium of sanitation technologies in emergencies, 198 p, Institutional Repository


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