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RedR Australia Training Course: WASH in Emergencies, 17-23 Oct. 2011

Emergencies and disasters around the world are screaming out for technical help in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). If these are themes which interest you, and you can see yourself making a professional contribution, a week-long RedR Australia WASH orientation course is available 17 - 23 October, 2011.
RedR Australia Training Course: WASH in Emergencies, 17-23 Oct. 2011

New water distribution facility, Mozambique

Course overview

Some of the most common needs of affected communities in any disaster - whether in a natural or conflict environment - is access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and hygiene. The associated risks to health in an emergency are due to lack of safe drinking water ad disease transmission caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices. Appropriate interventions improving water, sanitation and hygiene practice have a marked improvement on reducing disease transmission, alleviating the suffering of the community and saving lives.


Aims & objectives

The purpose of the training is to introduce participants to concepts of public health engineering / environmental health in emergencies and to familiarise them with standard equipment applied in the field. By the end of the course, participants should be able to understand:

  • the links between water, sanitation and health
  • the nature of, and the threats posed by, environmental diseases
  • the importance and main elements of hygiene-promotion
  • the complexity in delivering safe water and sanitation in an emergency
  • the standard equipment used in the field for emergency WatSan response
  • the different response mechanism to WatSan in emergencies of major humanitarian agencies such as the IFRC, Oxfam, MSF and UN.



Humanitarian workers: this course is an ideal introduction to public health engineering in emergencies for humanitarian workers of all disciplines, levels and experience.

Engineers whose technical skills are more oriented toward large-scale urban systems, who want to adapt their skills to humanitarian emergencies work.

Anyone who has already worked in humanitarian relief and wants to improve or learn new public health engineering skills.


Course outline

  • Health risks in emergencies
  • Rapid assessments, reporting and monitoring
  • Disease surveillance
  • Coordination and partnerships
  • Hygiene promotion
  • Water quality testing and monitoring
  • Environmental sanitation (solid waste management, site clean-up)
  • Excreta disposal and latrines
  • Site selection
  • Water source identification
  • Water pumping
  • Water distribution systems
  • Water trucking operations
  • Transition issues (from emergency to rehabilitation)
  • Decommissioning and storage of equipment


About RedR Australia

RedR Australia provides emergency assistance to communities devastated by conflict or major natural disasters by selecting, training and providing competent and effective personnel to humanitarian relief programs worldwide.


To apply (or for more information) visit RedR website:


Contact: Louise Salkeld, RedRAustralia, (03) 93291357,


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