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CAS Water Sanitation and Hygiene for humanitarian and developing contexts

  • Codice
  • CAS WASH
  • Descrizione
  • The course is designed to provide professionals with a thorough understanding of the increasing complexities of the WASH sector. It provides students with the latest contextual and technical skills to plan, design and implement sustainable activities and programmes within the framework of the fundamental principles of the WASH sector, namely public health and equitable access to water supply and sanitation services. Designed to contribute to Agenda 2030 (SDG 6) by focusing on all aspects of sustainable WASH interventions, this course is strongly practice-oriented, allowing a direct link between theory and reality/complexity on the ground.
  • Presentazione
  • This course is designed to empower practitioners with an understanding of the fundamentals of the WASH sector, both in the humanitarian and development context. It introduces students to the core principles for planning, designing and implementing activities to improve sustainable and equitable access to domestic water supply and sanitation services and to improve hygiene behaviours.
  • Obiettivi
  • After completing this course, participants will be able to: - Identify and analyse context-specific challenges and plan tailor-made WASH interventions to improve sustainable access to WASH services and facilities in complex institutional environments, both in the field of cooperation and humanitarian aid. - Conduct a context-specific public health risk analysis of inadequate WASH services and design appropriate prevention strategies - Conduct a systematic analysis of environmental, social and technical problems, both in urban and rural contexts, and design appropriate intervention strategies. - Confidently implement the wide range of advanced WASH intervention tools: from specific technical approaches in water supply and sanitation to current approaches developed in the field of hygiene promotion, as well as sectoral assessment tools.
  • Destinatari
  • The course caters to those working in, or supporting professionals from low- and middleincome countries and is ideal for professionals from: - International development and humanitarian agencies - Civil society or non-government organizations - Government agencies - Consultants and sector professionals Professionals in WASH and development related disciplines wishing to deepen their knowledge in water, sanitation and hygiene in both humanitarian and development contexts.
  • Requisiti
  • Admission is reserved for holders of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Candidates who do not meet the requirements but prove significant experience in the sector can be admitted. Participation in individual teaching modules does not require special requirements. All courses are taught in English.
  • Certificato
  • The Certificate of Advanced Studies will be granted after having successfully completed each of the final exams of the three modules. The CAS WASH grants 12 ECTS points.
  • Crediti di studio
  • 12 ECTS
  • Programma
  • Module 1: Drinking water and health - 22–28 Sept. 2019, Lugano-Canobbio Module 1 is entirely focused on the acquisition of skills related to drinking-water supply and management issues. A first part of the module concentrate on water quality, water borne diseases and chemical contamination of drinking water. Beside the thematic deepenings carried out by some skilled professionals in the water sector, this course conveys practical knowledge and experience through a series of hands-on laboratory practices. Specifically, students are taught how to conduct standard operating procedures for bacteriological and physico-chemical analysis of water, how to practically perform water disinfection through chlorination, and how to conduct sanitary inspections of water sources/wells using WHO standards. Finally, the module provides important insights about the current evolution of WASH-related international policies and principles, as well as on the fundamental anthropological aspects to be considered when planning any intervention related to water provision. Module 2: Environmental sanitation - 30 Sept.- 5 Oct. 2019, Dübendorf Module 2 is focused on the acquisition of skills related to sanitation services provision and management in humanitarian and developing contexts. A first part of the module is devoted to the explanation of existing and proven technical solutions to achieve basic sanitation standards in both rural and urban environments. From short-term solutions adapted to emergency settings to the medium and long-term provision of equitable, affordable and environmentally responsible access to adequate sanitation services, participants are taught the subtle art of designing a sanitation system in an informed and liable way. By focusing on the major barriers to progress in sanitation coverage in LMICs countries, Module 2 also inform students about the importance of fostering favorable conditions for environmental sanitation planning in challenging environments, and about the potential of broad community involvement and behaviour change techniques in sanitation projects. Module 3: Sustainable water supply - 1-7 June 2020, Neuchâtel This module enables participants to plan, implement and monitor water and sanitation emergency programs and design an emergency response in the context of humanitarian operations as well as to better understand the institutional context of humanitarian situations. Main focuses will be on: i) water supply in humanitarian and development contexts; ii) from hydrogeology to urban water supply; iii) from resource assessment to exploration planning; iv) well construction and rehabilitation; v) groundwater exploration/exploitation/protection/monitoring; vi) Management of water supply projects in term of cost/analyses/contracting/bidding. The training covers a wide range of technical aspects required to efficiently handle emergency situations with approaches aiming towards development.
  • Durata
  • September, 22nd 2019 - June, 7th 2020
  • Responsabile/i
  • Claudio Valsangiacomo (SUPSI)
  • Relatore/i
  • Selected Swiss and international experts from various academic institutes, development agencies and NGOs provide most of the modules’ content.
  • Iscrizione ai corsi
  • 31st July 2019
  • Date
  • Starting on September, 22nd 2019
  • Costo
  • CHF 5'700.-
  • Osservazioni
  • Further information: www2.supsi.ch/cms/caswash
  • Informazioni
  • SUPSI, Swiss University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland Claudio Valsangiacomo dc@supsi.ch Phone +41 58 666 62 62 www2.supsi.ch/cms/caswash