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During 22-26 April 2019, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will be conducting an Asia Pacific Regional Training of Trainers on WASH Guidelines for Hygiene Promotion (HP) in Emergency Operations in Bandung, Indonesia.

The five-day training aims to increase the capacity of Asia Pacific National Societies to plan, implement and lead HP initiatives as part of a wider emergency water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH) programme, which is relevant to the context to prevent water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases.

Specific objectives of the training include:
1. To introduce/orientate participants to the new IFRC WASH guidelines for hygiene promotion in emergency operations;
2. To strengthen participants’ technical skills and knowledge in delivering a training on the WASH guidelines for hygiene promotion in emergency operations;
3. To develop core skills of participatory facilitation and learning;
4. To train participants from Asia Pacific National Societies in a common methodology, in order to strengthen the network of WASH staff within the region; and
5. To work towards establishing the Bandung training centre as a hub for training in the Asia Pacific region.

It is important to include an effective hygiene promotion (HP) programme as part of all WASH interventions in an emergency response. HP activities encourage awareness of key public health risks among the affected population, and are enabled to adopt safe hygiene practices and make the best use of WASH facilities and services (including their operation and maintenance).

The Red Cross Red Crescent, unlike many organizations, is in a unique position of having community-based staff and volunteers and is well-placed to work with communities, which is essential in rolling out HP initiatives. However, experience has shown that during an emergency response the approach generally focuses on ‘delivering’ HP in the form of giving messages. The new “WASH guidelines for hygiene promotion in emergency operations” assist Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers to work systematically, working through all the important steps for planning, implementing and monitoring HP, starting with understanding the problem, the barriers and motivators for behaviour change – with the community involved at all stages – listening and working with the affected community, ensuring the response is effective and appropriate to the needs. Although every situation is different, this approach, with a clear pathway, assists with quality assurance, linking with agreed standards, assuring effective implementation, with monitoring and training appropriate to the needs.

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