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Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are critical survival interventions in addition to providing dignity and privacy. Where essential services such as WASH are not available, accessible or disrupted due to crises, people are more susceptible to WASH related illness and death. WASH goals are achieved through a combination of safe water supply, improved sanitation services and awareness raising around the importance of hygiene practices to prevent diseases to keep children and families healthy and well.

Provision of WASH services are key elements of both the prevention of and response to cholera outbreaks. Work on the prevention of cholera focusses on sustainable provision of safe water and sanitation and hygiene promotion, which also help reduce the transmission of other diarrhoeal diseases. In cholera endemic and risk prone areas, significant efforts are made to ensure adequate water supply and disinfection, water quality monitoring, hygiene promotion, sanitation and safe excreta disposal at household and community levels and in cholera treatment facilities.

Click on www.unicef.org/wash/ to access UNICEF WASH programme resources.
Click on www.washcluster.info to access WASH Cluster resource.

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Other resources: 

Oxfam Cholera Outbreak Guidelines: Preparedness, prevention and control 2012 

Action Contre la Faim (ACF) - February 2014 Cholera manual. 



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