Saja publishes in the Journal of WASH for Development (IF 0.688)

Needs and vulnerability assessment (NAVA) indicators for specific hazards in the context of Sri Lanka

Aslam SajaPrasad Bhagwan Sevekari


Development of a four hazard-specific toolkit (drought, flood, landslide and chronic kidney diseases of unknown aetiology) for needs and vulnerability assessment in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector included community consultations with district, divisional and community stakeholders in four selected districts of Sri Lanka, which are highly prone to the respective hazards. Existing global WASH tools such as sphere and global WASH cluster indicators are contextualized and the toolkit covers three different displacement scenarios: no displacement, temporary displacement (short and medium term), camp-based displacement. This toolkit focuses on four key sections of WASH: water supply, sanitation, waste management and control, and hygiene practices and promotion. The toolkit consists of a set of indicators in the areas of WASH that are relevant to the selected scenario in the Sri Lankan context for the specific hazard, a checklist for initial and rapid assessment before and after disasters, and some guide notes for the field works.

  • First received 8 July 2015.
  • Accepted in revised form 22 January 2016.