Practical Action Publishing WASH Collection

The Practical Action Publishing, in response to the need of marginalised communities around the world to cope with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, has carefully selected relevant WASH resources and made them free to all! The resources are furthermore categorised into three, namely, “Limit the Spread”, “Keep Essential Services Running”, and “Support Longer Term Recovery”, which subscribe to Practical Action’s three-stage knowledge response to the current pandemic. This collection, Practical Action Publishing WASH Collection, contains three samples, one from each category, from the said list. They provide technical and practical guidelines to support the operation of WASH. These following collections on the Humanitarian Library are also significant to WASH: Covid-19: WASH and Handwashing; WASH and Health Guidelines; WASH: Sanitation Resources; WASH and Education in Schools; WASH and the Elderly.


Collections on this Collection


COVID-19: WASH and handwashing

This Collection links to the websites of providers of free training. We monitor these links regularly, however if the training providers change their websites, some of these links may not work. All other resources on the Humanitarian Library can be downloaded directly from the Library.

This collection is monitored daily to identify new and updated materials.

It contains technical guidelines from leading global institutions to support the operation of WASH practitioners responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. Current guidance comes from the Norfolk County Council and Public Health England, UNICEF, Indicorps, Wash'Em and WHO.

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This collection is part of an ongoing series of linked collections of operational guidance on responding to COVID-19.

You might find other helpful collections on supporting WASH operations that are not specific to COVID-19 below, but that are relevant on WASH and the Elderly or Schools, Health and Shelter and Medical Supply Chains.


Cette collection est mise à jour quotidiennement pour être complétée par les tout derniers documents disponibles.

Cette collection contient des directives techniques venant des principales institutions mondiales pour soutenir les opérations en EHA (eau, hygiène et assainissement) dans le cadre de la réponse au Covid-19. Les documents actuels proviennent de : Norfolk County Council and Public Health England, UNICEF, Indicorps, Wahs'Em et de l'OMS.

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Cette collection fait partie d'une série de collections de guides opérationnels sur la réponse au COVID-19.

Vous pouvez trouver d'autres collections utiles concernant le soutien aux opérations EHA qui ne sont pas spécifiques à à la pandémie de Covid-19, mais qui sont pertinentes concernant les opérations EAH, les Personnes Agées ou les Ecoles, la Santé et les Réfugiés, ainsi que les Chaînes d'Approvisionnement Médicales.

WASH and Health Guidelines

The "WASH and Health Guidelines" Collection compiles recent humanitarian practices on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), aiming to improve the health levels of affected populations. According to European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, "Water, sanitation and hygiene (also known as WASH) are closely connected sectors and essential for good public health. In emergency and crisis situations, providing access to clean water in sufficient quantities is paramount. Basic sanitation and hygiene education are important for a healthy living environment. [...]. Lack of access to clean water and to basic sanitation, and low hygiene standards increase the vulnerability of people to epidemic outbreaks." To learn more about this, visit:

WASH: Sanitation Resources

The "WASH: Sanitation Resources" Collection aims to support procedures that promote sanitation in humanitarian contexts. As declared by WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on 1 October 2018, “Sanitation prevents disease and promotes human dignity and well-being, making it the perfect expression of WHO’s definition of health, as expressed in its constitution, as “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. . . The guidelines recognize that safe sanitation systems underpin the mission of WHO, its strategic priorities and the core mission of ministries of health globally.”