An Emergency WASH Network Update, December 11, 2020

COVID-19: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools. UNHCR, November 2020. This document presents the results of a survey assessing the WASH readiness of schools in UNHCR- supported refugee camps and refugee settlements.

WaterTalk: Good Geoscience in Dire Places: Searching for Water in Humanitarian Crises. The Water Institute, November 2020.  In this video, Distinguished Lecturer, Paul Bauman presented “Good Geoscience in Dire Places: Searching for Water in Humanitarian Crises.”


Evidence-based chlorination targets for household water safety in humanitarian settings: Recommendations from a multi-site study in refugee camps in South Sudan, Jordan, and Rwanda. Water Research, February 2021. Water quality monitoring in refugee/IDP camps should shift focus from distribution points to household points of consumption in order to monitor if the intended public health goal of safe water at the point of consumption is being achieved.

Disaster vulnerability and mitigation of humanitarian issues in coastal Bangladesh: Local evidence and knowledge gaps. Progress in Disaster Science, December 2020. Advantageous mitigation measures such as water purification methods and rainwater harvesting techniques, floating agriculture, seed preservation techniques, increasing the plinth of the house, awareness campaign on health issues, etc. were identified.

Previously unrecognized potential threat to children from manganese in groundwater in rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Chemosphere, March 2021. Shallow tubewells have higher Mn concentrations than deep tubewells. Detected concentrations exceed those in drinking water regulations/guidelines.

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