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08 Jun 2010 description

SECTOR OVERVIEW

During disasters, affected populations often face challenges that material assistance alone cannot adaquately address. For example, conflicts or natural disasters often separate families, disrupting normal care-giving for children, the elderly, and disabled persons. Displacement, loss of family members, or disruption of livelihoods may increase vulnerability to violence, exploitation, and abuse for men, women, and children. Conflict exposes some people to harmful threats from attacks or landmines.

01 Jun 2010 description

SECTOR OVERVIEW

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs frequently represent critical components of the USAID/OFDA response 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 include latrine construction, hand washing promotion, safe drinking water and healthy sanitation practice education, and safe drinking water provision.