What water, sanitation and hygiene behaviours are most important for protecting health during an emergency?
- Make every effort to drink water which has been disinfected (preferably filtered and disinfected) or boiled. Protect water sources from contamination.
- Dispose of faeces safely (especially the faeces of babies and people with diarrhoea) in latrines or special areas that will not lead to exposure of community members or contamination of water sources (surface or ground water).
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap, after defecation, after handling babies' faeces, and before preparing or eating food.