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Urban Disaster Response and Recovery: Gender-sensitive WASH programming in post- earthquake Haiti

After the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Oxfam carried out various activities to improve WASH facilities for communities and additional activities that targeted the cholera outbreak. The projects Oxfam implemented took into consideration gender discrimination and cultural practices and emphasized the differing needs of men and women with respect to WASH. Oxfam employed a gender-sensitive approach that recognized the privacy and hygiene needs of men and women and ensured that WASH facilities were as secure as possible. As a result, Oxfam established local partnerships, ensured security in campsite, empowered women, and increased community buy-in into projects and programs.

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