According to the latest estimates of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP), released in early 2013 (collected in 2011), 36 per cent of the world’s population – 2.5 billion people – lack improved sanitation facilities, and 768 million people still use unsafe drinking water sources. Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation services, coupled with poor hygiene practices, kills and sickens thousands of children every day, and leads to impoverishment and diminished opportunities for thousands more.
The course provides an understanding of WASH in the context of wider public health challenges and illustrates the practical interventions necessary to deliver on health and wider development/emergency needs.
Course Objectives By the end of this course, a student assessed as competent against this qualification will be able to:
Identify and analyze context-specific challenges and plan tailor-made WASH interventions to improve sustainable access to WASH services and facilities in complex institutional environments, both in the field of cooperation and humanitarian aid
Correlate WASH and Environmental Health with Public Health (including nutrition) in the context of community development
Understand the practicalities around community water supply, waste management (including drainage), and related environmental health issues for effective community hygiene promotion
Examine indicators of performance in WASH and wider environmental health
The course is divided into three modules
Introduction to WASH
Water sanitation and Hygiene in Emergencies
There are three assignments (continuous assessment tests) and one examination to be offered at the end of the course. Assignments account for 70%, while Examination accounts for 30% of the mark. Upon completion of the course, you shall be issued with a Certificate and a course transcript.
Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a Certificate of Merit and a transcript.