WASH Diseases

WASH interventions aim to reduce the transmission of water, sanitation and hygiene related diseases that are classified into four major categories :
1. Water-borne & food- borne or enteric diseases; infections spread through contaminated drinking water or food. 2. Water-washed diseases; due to the lack of proper sanitation and hygiene. 3. Water-based diseases: infections transmitted through an aquatic invertebrate organism. 4. Water-related vector-borne diseases; transmitted by insects that depend on water for their propagation.

WASH as part of Public Health join forces with community health and first aid (CBHFA) and community epidemic and pandemic preparedness programs (CP3) to reduce the ocurrence of WASH related diseases .

Guidelines and tools​

Red Cross Red Crescent Guidelines and tools

Time to act: Tackling epidemics and pandemics together

Global Health Security white paper

Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

Epidemic Control for Volunteers A Training Manual

Learning resources

Red Cross Red Crescent Learning resources

Community-based surveillance Indonesia Case Study English

Community-based surveillance Indonesia Case Study French

Community-based surveillance Indonesia Case Study Bahasa

One Health in Action : Kenya - English

One Health in Action : Kenya - French

Community Cholera Epidemic Preparedness - DRC & Cameroon - English(Full)

Community Cholera Epidemic Preparedness - DRC & Cameroon - English (Short)

Community Cholera Epidemic Preparedness - Cameroon - French

Community Cholera Epidemic Preparedness - DRC & Cameroon - English(Full)

Community Cholera Epidemic Preparedness - Cameroon - French(Short)

Community Cholera Epidemic Preparedness - DRC & Cameroon - English(Short)

Community Cholera Epidemic Preparedness - DRC - French

Community Cholera Epidemic Preparedness - DRC & Cameroon - French(Full)

Community Cholera Epidemic Preparedness - DRC & Cameroon - French(Full)

If you would like to learn more on vector control actions please click here.

To include resources on this page, or for more information on IFRC initiatives please contact: wash.geneva@ifrc.org