Helping people forced to flee

by Norwegian Refugee Council USA
Helping people forced to flee

Project Report | Mar 11, 2024
Water, sanitation and hygiene

By Norwegian Refugee Council | Project Team

Photo: Karl Schembri/NRC
Photo: Karl Schembri/NRC

For people displaced by conflict, access to clean water and appropriate sanitation facilities are amongst the most urgent of all needs.

Without enough safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene, it is difficult to maintain good health and fight off illnesses. Without proper sanitation, water supplies can become contaminated and diseases can spread rapidly. By providing appropriate water and sanitation infrastructure, and educating people on good hygiene practices, we help displaced families achieve dignified living conditions.

Our programmes include:

  • Supplying safe water for drinking, cooking, personal hygiene and household cleaning.
  • Providing and maintaining latrines or toilets segregated by gender, or family units that are safe for women, girls, men and boys to use at all times.
  • Active disease surveillance and increased vigilance on water quality and sanitation practices during disease outbreaks.
  • Solid waste management and site drainage activities, to reduce standing water and garbage where disease-carrying mosquitos or vermin can breed.
  • Hygiene promotion and community mobilisation to promote safe hygiene and health-seeking behaviours, and to empower displaced people to take an active role in water, sanitation and hygiene operations.

In 2022, almost 3.5 million people benefitted from our water, sanitation and hygiene work. 

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McLane Heckman
Washington , DC United States

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