Thirty years of water and habitat at the ICRC
As the ICRC Water and Habitat Unit celebrates its 30th anniversary, we look back at some of the ICRCs most significant water, sanitation and shelter operations over the last three decades.
In 1859, four years before the ICRC was formed, our founder Henry Dunant made water one of his priorities as he struggled to help wounded soldiers after the Battle of Solferino. Thirty years ago, our awareness of the essential role of water, sanitation and habitat for the victims of conflict led us to create the Water and Habitat Unit, known as "WatHab."
Whether supplying water in El Salvador or rebuilding homes in Kyrgyzstan, ICRC WatHab staff help the victims of conflict not just to survive, but to rebuild their lives.