Access to safe water and proper sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is imperative for all, both in ordinary times as well as in emergencies. Addressing WASH needs of communities affected by disasters and other emergencies needs collective and coordinated efforts.

In India, the ICRC regional delegation in New Delhi collaborated with Red R India, LifeStraw India and Manav Seva Sansthan to enhance the capacity of practitioners from both government and non-government organisations on different aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene. Participants were shared experiences and exchanged with various resource persons covering issues ranging from the importance of WASH in emergencies, national and international water quality standards, effective sanitation, inclusion and innovation.