Disasters framework

Disasters disproportionately affect the poor and vulnerable, setting back the achievement of development goals.

Disasters-frameworkWater and sanitation are critical determinants for survival in the initial stages of all disasters. People affected are generally much more susceptible to illness and death from diseases which are exacerbated by inadequate sanitation, inadequate clean water supplies and poor hygiene. Many countries WaterAid operates in are particularly vulnerable as they lack the required infrastructure, disaster preparedness systems, and resources to prepare for and manage these situations.

Disasters result from the combination of vulnerability and hazard. WaterAid's focus is on:

  • Mitigation of disaster risk by reducing vulnerability (and building resilience) through our core work.
  • Working with humanitarian actors to support the transition from emergency response to longer-term development and, where appropriate, through supporting response efforts.

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