Department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Emergencies

Emergencies, be they natural or man-made disasters, and protracted crises have increased worldwide in the recent past. The provision of adequate WASH services at every step of a crisis, from the first emergency to rehabilitation and long-term development, is crucial in order to protect human and environmental health. The Strategic Environmental Sanitation Planning group at Sandec is leading various efforts to support the humanitarian sector in terms of emergency WASH. A Compendium of Sanitation Technologies in Emergencies was published in partnership with the German WASH Network and Swiss Humanitarian Aid and a Massive Open Online Course wash launched in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross. Sandec provides regular backstopping services to the Swiss Humanitarian Aid (SHA) in terms of capacity building, advisory services and innovation.

The Compendium of Sanitation Technologies in Emergencies

The Compendium of Sanitation Technologies in Emergencies extends the scope of Sandec’s Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies to the field of humanitarian aid. Not only does it cover a wider array of technologies, applicable to the different phases of an emergency, but it also provides an overview of the key cross-cutting issues influencing technology selection and supporting implementation in these contexts. It is a comprehensive, structured and user-friendly manual and planning guide which supports and enables decision making by providing the necessary framework for developing a sanitation system design. It compiles a wide range of information on tried and tested technologies in a single document and gives a systematic overview of existing and emerging sanitation technologies. In addition, it gives concise information on key decision criteria for each technology, facilitating the combination of technologies to come up with full sanitation system solutions, all linked to relevant cross-cutting issues.

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

The International Committee of the Red Cross and Eawag-Sandec have joined forces to develop a MOOC, entitled “Introduction to Public Health Engineering in Humanitarian Contexts”. The 5-week course has been launched in November 2017 in English with French and Spanish subtitles. The course can be attended any time on Coursera and Youtube for free.