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Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response

Excreta disposal

Safe disposal of human excreta creates the first barrier to excreta-related disease, helping to reduce disease transmission through direct and indirect routes. Safe excreta disposal is, therefore, a major priority and in most disaster situations should be addressed with as much speed and effort as the provision of a safe water supply. The provision of appropriate facilities for defecation is one of a number of emergency responses essential for people’s dignity, safety, health and well-being.