Waste management in situations of rapid, mass displacement

Solid waste and faecal sludge management in humanitarian emergencies are important to public health

Abstract

This helpdesk report addreses this question:

  • What lessons and evidence is there from situations of rapid, mass displacement into sites and/or camps with limited space and limited physical access options for solid waste and faecal sludge management?

Solid waste and faecal sludge management in situations of rapid mass displacement are important to public health and providing for a better environment. Despite this, both have been neglected in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes, which tend to have a focus on water. However increasing efforts are being made to find solutions to challenges in solid waste and faecal sludge management in difficult circumstances in humanitarian emergencies. Most of the available literature uncovered by this rapid review is grey literature, offering guidance on solid waste and faecal sludge management, rather than peer reviewed papers. It is not always clear what evidence the guidance papers used in this rapid review are based on. However, they have been written and produced by people and organisations who have worked extensively on WASH in emergencies

K4D helpdesk reports provide summaries of current research, evidence and lessons learned. This report was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development

Citation

Rohwerder, B. (2017). Solid waste and faecal sludge management in situations of rapid, mass displacement. K4D Helpdesk Report 228. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

Waste management in situations of rapid, mass displacement

Published 1 October 2017