Welcome to the second issue of the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub Weekly News Bulletin. The Hygiene Hub has continued to connect with organizations across the world to learn from, and provide support to, hygiene programmes responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Areas of Technical Support
Common enquiries this past week included:
- How can our COVID-19 response programmes contribute to changing handwashing habits in the long term? If you would like to know more about sustainable handwashing behaviour change please see our FAQs here.
- Should we be promoting large-scale spraying or disinfection in camps or communities? WHO and UNICEF guidelines do not recommend large-scale spraying for COVID-19 control. To learn more, see our resource document here.
- How can we effectively design materials to communicate COVID-19 information to children? Please see our new resource document on COVID-19 and Schools here.
In response to web enquiries and discussions with partner organisations, we have continued to develop and revise our resource documents on a range of topics related to COVID-19 response.
New resources that have gone up this week include:
- Why do we need to include people with disabilities in the COVID-19 response?
- Summary report on COVID-19 control strategies for opening schools
- Summary report on making soap and alcohol-based hand rub at the community level
Resources we have updated with new evidence this week include:
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COVID-19 response: project highlights
WaterAid is currently implementing a COVID-19 response in 26 countries. In several countries they are installing no-touch handwashing facilities at market places, bus stands, schools and healthcare facilities. The video below shows an example from WaterAid Nepal.The design features two foot pedals which are used to dispense water and liquid soap. The height of the basin is adjustable to suit children and people with different abilities.
WaterAid Nepal have installed these in 75 locations and are working with the local government and other stakeholders to ensure regular maintenance and functionality. WaterAid Nepal have developeda guidance document on the technical specifications and maintenance of these facilities to ensure facilities have a sustainable impact. To find out more about this initiative in Nepal contact Tripti Rai (TriptiRai@wateraid.org) or for more information on WaterAid’s global COVID-19 response contact Dr Om Prasad Gautam (OmPrasadGautam@wateraid.org).
Other hygiene hub activity
- What is the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub? Organised in partnership with the Global WASH Cluster, to provide an overview of the Hygiene Hub and discuss ways of working with our global network of partners. Listen to an English, Spanish and French recordings of the webinar and access the Q&A, or join the upcoming Arabic (01.06) versions next week.