Welcome to WASH in Epidemics
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Is this course for me?
This course is designed for individuals responding to a variety of humanitarian crises, in which an infectious disease outbreak is also occurring. Learners taking this course should have an understanding of the various WASH interventions typically used in a humanitarian response, though need not be WASH specialists; this course is applicable for all humanitarian responders.

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How will I benefit from this course?
On completion of this course you 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—including safe and adequate water supply and waste disposal management—in a community and densely populated setting, in a health care facility and in a school environment;

  • Recognize the importance of enhancing rapid changes in community attitudes and behavior towards sanitation and hygiene during an infectious disease outbreak, and; 

  • Describe how to integrate WASH interventions in an infectious disease outbreak with other key thematic sectors, to ensure a holistic and human-centered response.


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How long will it take?
 This course will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete.

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How much does it cost?
 This course is free!

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Will I get a certificate at the end?
 Yes - you will be able to download a certificate once you have have completed the course.

The word START and a question mark in a circleHow do I start?
 Scroll to the top of the page and click on the       I agree - join course       button. This will take you through to the course content. You don't need to complete the course in one go - you can always continue later from where you left off.

If you have any questions about or issues with course content, please contact ready@savechildren.org


About READY

In 2018, the United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance-funded a three-year initiative to augment global capacity to respond to major disease outbreaks. The READY initiative is led by Save the Children in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, UK-Med, EcoHealth Alliance, and Mercy Malaysia. The READY initiative supplements existing efforts to strengthen coordination between global humanitarian outbreak structures and operational organizations responding to outbreaks. Additionally, READY is building and retaining capacity among operational consortium members, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders in to more quickly and effectively respond to major outbreaks, including COVID-19, with an integrated approach that addresses holistic needs of affected communities—with community engagement and communications at the center.  

To learn more about our work, visit our website at www.ready-initiative.org, or sign-up to receive updates from the READY team. 


Data protection and consent

This course was created and is administered by Save the Children US, The Humanitarian Leadership Academy, and READY initiative. By joining this course you are consenting to these organizations being given access to your Kaya profile information, including your name and email address, so that they can provide the course. This may require them to contact you. Your data will be anonymized before it is used for any analysis or reporting purposes. If you have any questions about this, please email ready@savechildren.org