World Water Academy in partnership with MDF were granted the UNICEF project Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Emergency in Myanmar. This project consists of a course development part, Training of Trainers execution and a mentoring project. In the first two parts WWA plays a large part. As support for the content, WWA teamed-up with Netherlands Red Cross. They came with experts to support the development process. One of the experts Niall Roche, who is based in Dublin, Ireland, will execute the Training of Trainers programme in Myanmar together with a WASH expert from the local MDF office.
Due to regional conflicts, climate stress and urbanization, more people than ever are being displaced. WASH is under stress in cases of where housing has been built quick to deal with large population growth, like in refugee camps, slums, etc. WASH in emergency combines technical aspects ( water supply and building latrines for example) with numerous soft skills, like hygiene promotion, community mobilisation and management skills such as planning and monitoring.
Myanmar is not an exception and faces internal displacement due to conflict. That is why UNICEF tendered this project. The main objective of this assignment is formulated as follows: by the end of the period, local stakeholders have the capacity to assess, develop, plan, implement, monitor and report on WASH related responses to future disasters with considerations to humanitarian principles (Term Of Reference, ToR).
Photo: Shitty latrine- mention source Niall Roche, Pakistan in early 2006, 3 months after the earthquake that hit Azzad, Jamu and Kashmir