Public health and WASH

Concept note

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore some of the challenges relating to public health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), and the many factors involved. This issue of FMR – to be published in June 2021 – will explore public health and WASH in contexts of displacement, including a focus on the response to and reduction of the risk of epidemics and pandemics. We welcome submissions relating specifically to COVID-19 but also seek to explore policy and practice in public health/WASH affecting displaced populations more broadly; authors will be encouraged to draw out lessons that are applicable across this sector (and related sectors).

We anticipate covering aspects such as:

  • Monitoring, addressing and mitigating public health risks in contexts of displacement – in emergencies (including on the move), protracted situations, and in urban or rural contexts.
  • Applying learning from the impact of and response to COVID-19 and other epidemics such as cholera and Ebola in areas of preparedness, prevention and response.
  • The impact of COVID-19 on people’s access to asylum and thus to protection.
  • Community engagement in public health and WASH services: participation in design, maintenance and running of facilities and services.
  • Inclusion of displaced persons in national public health/WASH systems and in planning and monitoring around health-related Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Communication, awareness-raising and use of ICT in public health, including alert systems, registration, monitoring, public health messaging, provision of translation and interpreting, and use of social media and other digital channels.
  • Data gathering, interpretation and sharing.
  • Identifying and addressing needs in provision of supplies, infrastructure, staffing and training.
  • The extent to which considerations of gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, language and ability to pay are taken into account in assessing vulnerabilities and protection needs relating to the provision of public health and WASH in contexts of displacement.


A full call for articles, with deadline for submissions, will be issued in due course; please do not submit proposals until the full call has been published. If you wish to be notified when the call is published, please sign up to our email alerts.

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