WASH in Epidemics

READY’s WASH in Epidemics is a free eLearning course for all humanitarian responders, introducing learners to the role of WASH in preventing, mitigating, and breaking the transmission routes of infectious diseases commonly encountered in humanitarian settings.

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe three infectious disease transmission routes typically encountered in humanitarian settings, and explain the role of WASH interventions in preventing, mitigating, and breaking these transmission routes;
  • Explain how to implement critical WASH interventions in a community, a health care facility, and a school during an outbreak;
  • Recognize the importance of enhancing rapid changes in community attitudes and behavior towards sanitation and hygiene during an infectious disease outbreak, and;
  • Consider the role of other key thematic sectors when implementing WASH interventions in an infectious disease outbreak, to ensure a holistic and human-centered response.

This self-directed, online eLearning course should take approximately two to three hours to complete, is accessible on desktop or mobile, and requires an internet connection.

This eLearning course is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of READY and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government. Led by Save the Children, the READY initiative is implemented in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, UK-Med, and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. READY is augmenting global capacity for non-governmental organizations to respond to large-scale infectious disease outbreaks.

How to register

WASH in Epidemics is available on Kaya Connect, a free humanitarian learning platform. To register for this course, create a free account at https://kayaconnect.org/.