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A framework for improving pastoralist WASH interventions

Published on: 27/09/2019

IRC collaborated with partners to develop a new approach to assess WASH risks in marginal populations in Ethiopia.

The Pastoralist Community WASH Risk Assessment can be used to design better WASH interventions. The results of a pilot application in Afar, Ethiopia show that low levels of access to infrastructure are further compounded by risky behaviours related to water containment, storage and transportation. Additional behavioural risk factors were identified related to sanitation, hygiene and animal husbandry. The Pastoralist Community WASH Risk Assessment visually interprets the seriousness of the risks against the difficulty of addressing the problem. The assessment recommends interventions on household behaviours, environmental cleanliness, water storage, treatment and hand hygiene via small-scale educational interventions. The framework provides an approach for assessing risks in other marginal populations that are poorly understood and served through conventional approaches.

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