Rapid review of disability and older age inclusion in humanitarian WASH interventions

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People with disabilities and older people continue to face barriers in realising their right to access water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

People with disabilities and older people make up significant population groups, however, they are disproportionately affected by and amongst the most marginalised in humanitarian response. In contexts of disasters, conflict or unrest, access to water and sanitation can be severely impacted, increasing vulnerability to disease and death. Access to clean water and sanitation is recognised as a fundamental human right, and numerous human rights frameworks further affirm equal rights for people with disabilities and older people (aged over 60). Though, evidence suggests they are at a disproportionately greater risk of not having adequate access to water and sanitation. The information presented in this review provides an overview of the level of disability and older age inclusion in WASH interventions in humanitarian action. The review did reveal some dimensions of inclusive actions and practices to varying degrees, albeit often in isolated examples. Though dimensions of good practices were noted, the review also highlights important gaps in available literature on inclusive WASH interventions in humanitarian contexts.

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