WASH Office is in charge of developing, implementing, and responding to priorities and needs presented, especially during emergency situations. It aims to promote hygiene, improve access to water, and sanitation facilities in a long-term programming.
WASH Office ensures timely and efficient provision of support to disaster-affected communities.
Recovery and Sustainable Programming Capacities
Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST)
PHAST seeks to help communities improve hygiene behaviors, prevent diarrheal diseases, and encourage the community on proper management of water and sanitation facilities through participatory methods.
Children’s Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (CHAST)
CHAST uses a child-to-child approach and encourages children to actively participate in open discussions and share their experiences and ideas with their peers, teachers, and community.
Construction or Rehabilitation of WASH Facilities
Facilities will play a vital role in sustaining the improved hygiene behaviors of the pupils as these will enable them to religiously practice proper sanitation and hygienic manners.
WASH Maintenance Plan and Capacity-Building
Its main objective is to strengthen the disaster response capacity (Water and Sanitation- WatSan) of the Philippine Red Cross through detailed mapping of existing resources (emergency response equipment and trained personnel) to allow gaps to be identified for further resource mobilization.
Disaster and Emergency Response Capacities
Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation in Emergency Response (PHASTER)
PHASTER is used during health emergencies with WASH origin, such as cholera or typhoid outbreaks. This is done within 2-3 months and can be implemented without a permanent structure during the response period.
Health and Hygiene Promotion in Emergency Response (HHPER)
This tool is utilized during operations resulting from a disaster, wherein Red Cross 143 health volunteers are trained to deliver key messages on personal hygiene, environmental sanitation, safe drinking water, proper food handling, prevention of vector-borne and WASH-related diseases, and gender-based topics.
Deployment of WASH Equipment and Trained Personnel
PRC has prepositioned equipment and trained personnel in several strategic chapters for immediate response during disasters or public health emergencies.
Mobilization of equipment is always accompanied of either PHASTER or HHPER to ensure that hygienic behaviors and sanitation practices are also addressed.
Distribution of WASH-related items (Water Containers, Hygiene Kits, Mosquito Nets, Soaps)
This is done during disasters or public health emergencies, and will depend on the identified priority needs during the assessment. The contents will also depend on the identified beneficiaries (Family, Children or Students, Women of Reproductive Age), and the number will depend on the stocks or fund support availability.