WASH & COVID-19 Updates – April 9, 2020


Interim recommendations on obligatory hand hygiene against transmission of COVID-19. WHO, April 1, 2020. Recommendation to Member States to improve hand hygiene practices widely to help prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus by: 1. Providing universal access to public hand hygiene stations and making their use obligatory on entering and leaving any public or private commercial building and any public transport facility. 2. Improving access to hand hygiene facilities and practices in health care facilities.

Welthungerhilfe and WASH United Corona Comics – The four friends are the protagonists of a comic strip that provides young people between the ages of 10 and 14 with information about the coronavirus and other preventative hygiene measures.

Global WASH Cluster Covid19 Weekly Update, April 4, 2020 – The first issue of this weekly newsletter which will aim at providing a summary of ongoing knowledge sharing initiatives tailored for WASH practitioners and public health humanitarian workers.

Knowledge Map: WASH in Schools and Coronavirus. WASH in Schools Network, April 2020. The WASH in Schools Network (UNICEF, GIZ, Save the Children, WATERAID; Emory, LSHTM, among others) have compiled this knowledge map with links to relevant materials about COVID-19 for learners, their families and the education system.

WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) and COVID-19. World Bank, April 6. Action in the WASH sector is therefore critical for both containing the virus and lowering its immediate impact and aftermath. Three priority areas are identified as part of the emergency response.

Covid-19 in low-income countries – we need rapid learning about effective handwashing initiatives. IDS, April 8.

Covid-19 reveals and further increases inequalities in water and sanitation. IDS, April 6.

Putting equality, inclusion and rights at the centre of a COVID-19 water, sanitation and hygiene response. WaterAid, April 2.

Combating the Coronavirus Without Clean Water. WRI Blog, April 8.

Latin America moving fast to ensure water services during COVID-19. World Bank Water Blog, April 8.

How Do You Wash Your Hands To Fend Off Coronavirus If Water Is Scarce? NPR Goats and Soda, March 30. 

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