USAID/OFDA Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector Update October 2013
Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs often represent vital components of USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) responses to rapid-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as disaster-affected populations are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases. WASH interventions in emergencies often include promotion of good hygienic practices, construction or repair of latrines, removal of solid waste, and provision of safe, treated water. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, USAID/OFDA provided nearly $124.6 million for WASH programs in 28 countries. USAID/OFDA also links emergency WASH activities with transition and development programs funded by other USAID offices and incorporates institutional partners—such as local governments—in program planning and implementation to promote the sustainability of water and hygiene-focused projects.