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Water and Federation Sanitation in WASH Africa WASH Update MENA Region WASH Advisors Meeting Geneva, October 2019 Overview: • Characterised by continuing conflict and instability (Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya) Lack of access and complex settings. • Major operations are now protracted and in differing stages of transition to rehabilitation and recovery, likely new funding constraints will increasingly impact. • Separate from this is the WASH services gap in some countries, much smaller than other regions, but significant as a whole characterised by lack of water, pollution and urbanisation. • Most WASH Operations or activities presently focus on water supply with limited sanitation and very limited HP components. • IFRC WASH presence in the Region has been inconsistent with long gaps, this has undermined attempts to foster a more regional and coherent approach to WASH in MENA in the longer term. www. ifrc. org Saving lives, changing minds.
WASH Update MENA Region Water and Federation Sanitation in WASH Africa Present Status: • • Senior Officer, WASH in Development based in Beirut covering global responsibilities but also acting as WASH Advisor for MENA (since September 2018). New Regional WASH Programme Officer (ex- Lebanese Red Cross, WASH Software Officer) just recruited and also Lebanese intern (Civil Engineer) will strengthen the team. New Health and WASH Strategy for MENA just completed. Focus on embedding Emergency WASH into Emergency Health, recent training completed. Continuation and broadening Emergency WASH Regional Training, annually hosted by Lebanese Red Cross. Opportunities for SARC and partners to provide Urban WASH experience into Regional and Global capacity building. More attempts to create or re-energise RDRT. Better IFRC response to WASH in Drefs and EA’s. www. ifrc. org Saving lives, changing minds.
Water and Federation Sanitation in WASH Africa One WASH – Innovative Islamic Funding for Cholera and Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) • Ten Year Global Programme for Long-Term projects that will reduce impact and threat of cholera and AWD. • In MENA, cholera endemic countries are Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Algeria and cholera/AWD ‘at risk’ countries are at least Libya and Egypt (WHO). • New Global initiative adopted by the International Community ‘the cholera roadmap’ to reduce mortality, morbidity and risk by 2030. • IFRC and membership contribution is ‘One WASH’ combined Long-term Public Health and WASH programming. • New funding architecture with Islamic Development Bank. • IFRC now a founding member of the new MENA Regional Cholera Platform. www. ifrc. org Saving lives, changing minds.