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Haiti Crisis Emergency Response Resources, Water and Sanitation

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is coordinating a multinational effort in Haiti. For those interested in helping this effort, be it with cash donations or in-kind services, please visit the USAID website at www.usaid.gov/haiti/ for more information.

The information below was posted Thursday, January 14, 2010.

American Water Works Association (AWWA).
AWWA Interim Executive Director, Paula MacIlwaine, issued this statement regarding the devastating earthquake in Haiti. January 14, 2010

Lantagne, D and Clasen T (2009).
Point of Use Water Treatment in Emergency Response

Dr. Peter Gleick, SFGate Blog.
Water for Haiti: Now, January 13, 2010

WHO Technical Notes for Emergencies

Environmental health in emergencies and disasters: a practical guide

Edited by B. Wisner and J. Adams

The WHO Guide to sanitation in natural disasters (Assar, 1971) summarized the essential aspects of environmental health management in disasters. These included the provision of emergency water and sanitation services; the burial or cremation of the dead; vector and pest control; food hygiene; and the assessment of the danger of epidemics following emergencies and disasters, etc. Thirty years later these aspects remain essential, though the needs, challenges and opportunities are greater.

The present book deals not only with emergency response, but also with measures designed to reduce the impact of disasters on environmental health infrastructure, such as water supply and sanitation facilities. It also aims to strengthen the ability of people to withstand the disruption of their accustomed infrastructure and systems for environmental health (e.g. shelter, water supply, sanitation, vector control etc.) and to recover rapidly.

Download the individual chapters:

Submitted by:

Dan Campbell
Web Manager, Environmental Health at USAID
E-mail: dcampbell@usaid.gov