People reached in 2019
people benefitted from our WASH work
Without enough safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene, it is difficult to maintain good health and fight off illnesses. Without proper sanitation, water supplies can become contaminated and diseases can spread rapidly. We specialise in WASH services to protect the public health of displaced people and local communities, and to help protect their right to safe water and sanitation.
The lack of access to WASH facilities in shelters or camps deprives displaced families of the opportunity to make their shelters into homes, and their settlements into communities. By providing appropriate water and sanitation infrastructure, and educating people on good hygiene practices, we help displaced families achieve dignified living conditions.
Our expertise in WASH
Our WASH programmes seek to save lives, prevent diseases, promote dignity, and support access to better living conditions and livelihood opportunities. We do this through direct interventions, in collaboration with our shelter, education and livelihoods and food security experts, and through partnerships with other organisations. The mode of operation we choose depends primarily on the WASH needs of our targeted beneficiaries, and the quickest and most effective way to meet those identified needs.
We recognise that the need for water and sanitation goes beyond public health concerns. The absence of functioning, safe and sex-segregated latrines or toilets can discourage children and youth, especially girls, from attending school. We actively support the right to education by ensuring safe WASH facilities at schools are accessible to all students and teachers. Our WASH teams collaborate with teachers and administrators on delivering up-to-date hygiene promotion curricula.
Our WASH programmes focus on five thematic areas:
- supplying safe water for drinking, cooking, personal hygiene and household cleaning
- providing and maintaining latrines or toilets segregated by gender, or family units that are safe for women, girls, men and boys to use at all times
- active disease surveillance and increased vigilance on water quality and sanitation practices during disease outbreaks
- solid waste management and site drainage activities, to reduce standing water and garbage where disease-carrying mosquitos or vermin can breed
- hygiene promotion and community mobilisation to promote safe hygiene and health-seeking behaviours, and to empower displaced people to take an active role in WASH operations
Covid-19: On-the-record update on challenges facing displaced people in Somalia
Quote from the Norwegian Refugee Council's (NRC) Country Director in Somalia Victor Moses. "For countries like Somalia, Covid-19 isn’t just a health crisis, it’s an economic juggernaut. Even before the outbreak gathers speed, people are feeling the pinch of inflation, widespread job losses, and fear that measures to contain the spread of the virus will have an equal or even more detrimental impact on their survival than the pandemic itself."
Yemeni groups and INGOs renew call for pause in USAID suspension to fight Covid-19 in Yemen
Over two weeks since USAID suspended aid in northern Yemen, aid groups are renewing their call for the major donor to reconsider its decision, especially in light of the now confirmed threat of Covid-19 in the country.
Covid-19 restrictions preventing thousands from accessing lifesaving aid
New Covid-19 restrictions to reduce the movement of people globally are inadvertently preventing lifesaving aid from reaching displaced and refugee communities. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is currently unable to reach thousands of people, including 300,000 in the Middle East. It is calling on governments to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid in these challenging times.
Double crisis: Addressing the impact of protracted conflict and Covid-19 in Ukraine
The Covid-19 pandemic is exacerbating already existing protection needs and unveiling new ones. In eastern Ukraine, already exhausted by the ongoing conflict, the vulnerabilities are particularly high due to the high proportion of elderly population, damaged infrastructure and deteriorating healthcare and water supply systems. A properly resourced and coordinated response must be provided to address these systemic issues and to prevent them from been impacted beyond repair.
Final evaluation of the South East Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project (SIRP), Myanmar
The Southeast Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project (SIRP), Myanmar aimed to empower targeted villages in Tanintharyi Region, Mon and Kayin States through a participatory planning process.
Improving living conditions for vulnerable Syrian households in substandard buildings in Arsal, Lebanon
This evaluation examines the Norwegian Refugee Council’s programme to improve living conditions for vulnerable Syrian refugees in sub-standard buildings in Arsal, a Lebanese border town which stands out for its humanitarian needs and security challenges.