Engineering for Change Article: Beyond the Band-Aid: Building Sustainability into Emergency Response Efforts

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By Susan Davis, Contributing Editor

Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Tsunamis. Floods. Landslides. These kinds of disasters hit developing countries hardest and the people affected often lose everything. That includes their homes, water sources, water containers, and toilets.

When effectively implemented, water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions can prevent or lessen the impact of disease outbreaks. However, several  post-emergency evaluations show that to maintain positive impacts, aid organizations should think about how to ensure the sustainability of water and sanitation services as well as hygiene behaviors after the response is “finished.”

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