Special Issue "Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Humanitarian Contexts"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019).
Interests: water and sanitation for developing countries and humanitarian emergencies; drinking water quality and treatment; wastewater treatment and resource recovery; faecal sludge management
Interests: water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programming; evidence in humanitarian aid; impact evaluation; decision making; policy research
Interests: WASH in development and humanitarian settings; sanitation in protracted crisis; nexus of humanitarian and development; faecal sludge management; innovation in sanitation; sustainable sanitation; gender and WASH
Humanitarian emergencies can result from the effects of unpredictable natural forces or from the cruelty of conflicts. The total number of natural disasters and violent manmade conflicts has been on the rise, affecting a growing number of poor and marginalised populations that often face displacement and unsanitary living conditions. Provision of adequate water supply together with sanitation, and hygiene promotion (WASH) form a vital three-pronged public health intervention approach aimed at preventing infectious water- and excreta-related (diarrhoeal) diseases. Such illnesses are one of the major contributors to the overall morbidity and mortality rates during a humanitarian crisis. Humanitarian WASH has cross-cutting implications to other areas also impacting maternal, child and newborn health (MNCH) and nutrition. In recent years, the increase in number of humanitarian emergencies has been compounded with changing contexts (e.g., urban disasters) and new challenges (e.g., Ebola outbreak). This has prompted a push for emergency WASH innovations. However, there is an overall lack of evidence to support many established and novel humanitarian WASH interventions.
This Special Issue is dedicated to the theme of humanitarian emergency WASH and seeks to capture the most up-to-date research and field experience curated to benefit practitioners, decision-makers, scientists, and engineers. Given the complexities of operating and researching in humanitarian contexts, relevant WASH research applied to development contexts will also be considered for this issue.
We would therefore like to call for original papers to disseminate and share research findings the theme of WASH in Humanitarian Contexts. Papers will be selected by a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, development and application.
We would like to dedicate this Special Issue to Prof. Huw Taylor, who recently passed away. Huw has made significant contributions to WASH-related research with applications in humanitarian and development contexts. A formidable researcher, a great mentor and a friend to many, he will be sorely missed.
Prof. Caetano C. Dorea
Dr. Travis Yates
Dr. Claire Furlong
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Water treatment & supply
- Sanitation & Faecal Sludge Management
- Hygiene promotion
- WASH innovations
- Evidence of intervention impact/effectiveness
- Use with other interventions (e.g. oral cholera vaccine, nutrition, etc.)
- Challenging & changing contexts
- Recurrent & emerging diseases
- WASH for vulnerable populations
- Inclusive WASH
- Behaviour change
- Protracted crises
- Approaches to provision of WASH