This short course focuses on the provision of safe water supply and introduction of environmental sanitation under difficult circumstances, especially due to the frequency of displaced populations as a consequence of conflict disasters.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationThree days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£870

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short course you will:

  • Differentiate and describe the characteristics of different types of emergency situation and phases,
  • Understand the main issues surrounding logistics and management of emergency situations,
  • Evaluate appropriate emergency water supply,
  • Design and establish measures to address public health issues in emergencies and minimise risks of epidemics: environmental sanitation, solid waste and vector control measures,
  • Understand need for public information and coordination with other sectors to ensure basic needs are met,
  • Evaluate alternative points of view and demonstrate an ability to summarise clearly to others,
  • Evaluate appropriate hygiene promotion measures.

Core content

  • Nature and type of emergency (natural and man-made disasters, rapid- and slow-onset, complex emergencies),
  • The relief 'system'; refugees and IDPs, humanitarian standards eg. SPHERE,
  • Phases of emergency (acute, post-acute, transition to development/normality),
  • Water supply - refugee camp supplies (sources and appropriate/specialist kit), non-camp situation requiring emergency distribution (tankers, bottles), rehabilitation of damaged supplies (mobilisation, communication, information requirements),
  • Water treatment in above contexts eg. camp scale, household water treatment,
  • Public health in emergencies: excreta disposal – mainly refugee camp situation (acute versus post-acute phases),
    • solid waste management – hazardous materials eg. hospital waste,
    • environmental sanitation – solid waste, vector control, hygiene education/promotion,
  • Disaster management: refugee camp logistics, coordination with other sectors eg. shelter, food security, medical supplies and services, electricity,
  • Public information needs eg. health risks, water disinfection, location of emergency centres, etc,
  • Hygiene promotion measures in emergency contexts.


Dr May Sule

Harriette Purchas

Dr Foyeke Tolani

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

Further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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