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Being 'Fit for Purpose': Perspectives on Implementing Humanitarian Public Health & WASH Actions

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Victoria Zegler
Jul 31, 2019
5:00am - 6:00am EST

Recording and Presentation Slides

A recording of the PRO-WASH 'Being Fit for Purpose' webinar can be found here. Presentations given by Dr. Nada Abdelmagid and Peter Nyamoko are also available for download. 


Groupe URD and the Global WASH Cluster Synthesis of WASH Sector Emergency Response Capacity

Description of Webinar

The changing nature of humanitarian crises has placed high expectations on the aid system, which is now called on to simultaneously address multiple issues, sectors, and types of vulnerability. This is especially true in protracted crises where practitioners must strike a balance between known, evidence-based interventions, and those that address the longer-term public health and WASH needs over a prolonged period of time. As protracted crises persist, the WASH sector (and other sectors) need to continue to build their strategic priorities, human resources, and operational capacities to become ‘fit for purpose’.

This webinar will build upon the findings of the Groupe URD and the Global WASH Cluster’s capacity study to explore:

  • Current trends in humanitarian settings and an understanding of how these changes impact humanitarian public health design and delivery 
  • Future trends for accountability and  funding in humanitarian programming, particularly in settings experiencing protracted settings, and  how these can affect how we provide public health services in crises
  • Implementation of an Integrated WASH Approach in Yemen, including challenges, successes, and strategies for addressing the critical gaps facing chronically vulnerable population


Dr. Nada Abdelmagid is an Assistant Professor in Humanitarian Health Practice at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She is a medical doctor and epidemiologist with extensive experience in public health programming in humanitarian settings. She is also a member of the Global Health Cluster’s Public Health Information Services Task Team.

Mr. Peter Nyamoko currently serves as a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Advisor for Save the Children in Yemen.  Peter is a water and environmental engineering professional with over 10 years of relevant and progressive experience in design, implementation, and Management of Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Disaster risk reduction interventions.

Watch the Recording