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ETH WASH Publication - Protection Cluster Inputs Protection mainstreaming

Protection Mainstreaming: WASH & Protection Clusters working together

Through a Mobile Data System utilized by the Protection Cluster Field Mission, conducted 18-22 April 2016, some of the important initial findings related to the WASH issues were reported. This feedback is useful to the WASH Cluster to continue its protection-focused work:

 Overall, women are enduring hardships to attend to the needs of their families during the drought.

 It was generally reported for delivery of humanitarian services that IDPs experienced discrimination with respect to host communities.

 37% of the groups questioned said that the service quality is low and accessibility difficult for a variety of reasons. For example, in Megale, the women are saying that they have to walk an average of 6 hours/day to fetch water. Meanwhile the children are left alone;

 In addition, it was reported, during the Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with the girls and women that some girls do not go to school because there are no separate latrines for boys and girls. Another compounding factor is the that families fear for their daughters walking long distances, exposing them to risks of violence;

 50% responded that services, due to their design and distance are rarely accessible for persons with reduced mobility (e.g.: person with physical disabilities, the elderly, chronic illness).

 64% of the FGDs indicated that WASH facilities are inadequate on nonexistent at school

 The mission also observed skin diseases, mainly on children

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Original Publication Date: 
16 May 2016
Document type: 
Communication Materials