March 27

What Does a COVID-19 Response Look Like With Limited Water?

By Sarah Jerving

As the World Health Organization echoes some of its key advice around preventing the spread of COVID-19 — washing hands regularly or using an alcohol-based rub — many are wondering what this means for people around the world with limited access to water.

In the past week, the virus has spread exponentially, beginning to take root in countries with weaker health systems — and where populations have limited access to water. Globally, 3 billion people lack access to basic hand-washing facilities.

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a particular challenge for those working in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector. While much of what is needed in the response includes programming the sector already has in place, there is also a need for WASH professionals to re-envision their strategies — and to do it quickly.

Photo courtesy of Kate Fogelberg.

Source: Devex (link opens in a new window)

Coronavirus, WASH
public health