Safe water at field level: improvement of a grifaid community aquafilter
As DfID Rapid Response Partners, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL (SI) and the Safe Water Trust (SWT) carried out field tests of the GrifAid® Community Aquafilter in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2014. These filters already effectively eliminate the risk of water-borne disease, but following feedback from SI field staff, SWT engineers added a new valve to their design which protects the filters from overpressure, improving both quality and lifespan, and ensuring that these filters are able to deliver 300 litres per hour for up to 5 years.
The role of WASH and infection Prevention Control(IPC) in an Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) - Sierra Leone
To contain the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, the response has been largely focusing on case management and isolation of patients. In November 2014, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL started an intervention in the Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) of Moyamba (100 beds capacity), in Sierra Leone, focusing on the WASH and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) of the center. This intervention is implemented in partnership with the NGO Medicos del Mundo, which is in charge of the clinical management in the ETC.
Instigating and sustaining behavior change in hygiene and beyond using the ABCD process
SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL implements WASH projects in all of its 19 countries of intervention, but these sometimes lack impact in reducing the rate of waterborne diseases within targeted populations. Though the installation of infrastructure should make the environment more conducive to appropriate WASH behavior, it does not guarantee changes in behaviour in itself. SI developed the ABCD approach with the aim to help develop operational strategies for WASH projects and to reinforce the coherence between infrastructure building, awareness-raising and community mobilization activities.
38th WEDC International Conference Behaviour change determinants, the key to successful WASH strategies
The Approach focused on Behaviour Change Determinants (ABCD) is a socio-anthropological inspired approach developed by SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL, based on an in-depth study of behaviors and their psychological, socio-cultural and environmental determinants in order to help professionals in the humanitarian and development fields through participative design of relevant and sustainable WASH interventions. This approach is integrated into the project cycle and can be developed through 3main stages.
38th WEDC International Conference - Empowering for dignity: Best practices of Community WASH Committees in North Lebanon
Since March 2011, the Syrian crisis has displaced nine million individuals with an estimated 1.5 million in Lebanon. The government of Lebanon has consistently resisted the establishment of formal refugee camps, so the refugee population is widely dispersed. As a result, WASH sector assistance has been highly individualized, providing services to small scale settlements. In an effort to provide a measure of stability into a future of declining humanitarian support, SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL (SI) has initiated community WASH committees intended to promote ownership and restore dignity.
38th WEDC International Conference : the role of WASH and Infection Prevention Control in an Ebola Treatment Centre
Since February 2014, an EVD (Ebola Virus Disease) epidemic has been affecting West Africa. First appearing in Guinea, the epidemic subsequently spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia. In this context, SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL (SI) started and intervention in the Ebola Treatment Centre of Moyamba, in Sierra Leone, focusing on the WASH and IPC management of the centre. This intervention is implemented in partnership with the medical NGO Medicos del Mundo, which is in charge of the overall management of the programme and the clinical management of the ETC.
For the past 35 years, the humanitarian aid organisation SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has been working to improve access to water and sanitation in areas affected by conflict, epidemics and natural disasters. This year, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has published the first ever "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Barometer". Produced with the support of a variety of experts, it takes stock of the current state of access to this vital resource, which is at the heart of all the challenges that humanity must take on in order to ensure its own survival and development.
Program Note - Emergency response for communities affected by typhoon Hagupit in Daram
Daram Island has been affected within 13 months by 5 natural calamities (Haiyan, Glenda, Hagupit, Seniang, Amang) with a limited support from government and NGO compared to the needs. A year after, Daram, with its coastal population, had still not fully recovered from the typhoon Haiyan which has exacerbated communities’ vulnerability. The typhoon Hagupit and its unexpected amount of rain and surge storm resulted in a substantial shock.
Ebola Conference : The road to zero cases and recovery
Key recommendations from organisations working in West Africa (Ebola Conference, Brussels, March 3rd 2015) : One year on after the declaration of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, the EVD (Ebola Virus Disease) has cost the lives of more than 9000 people. While major progress has been achieved to bend the curve of the outbreak under the leadership of Governments, work of dedicated national responders and the support of the international community, the situation remains alarming.
Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan, 1 year on
1 year on, a visual summary of our humanitarian action in the Philippines.