Welcome to the twelfth issue of the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub News Bulletin. This week, we are preparing for Global Handwashing Day on Thursday 15th October.

There will be a series of events across the coming weeks to raise the profile of hand hygiene at the global and national level, including:

  • Global Handwashing Day - Accelerating Towards Hand Hygiene for All: The event calls for all of society to contribute towards hand hygiene through country roadmaps, increased investments, and other commitments that can be monitored to achieve hand hygiene for all. The event will be held Thursday 15th October, from 12:00PM – 1:30PM UTC. Please register for the event here:
  • The Handwashing Thursday Series: Hosted by the Global Handwashing Partnership, this learning series will meet every Thursday from 22nd October - 17th December and will discuss various topics from the new Handwashing Handbook. The new handbook will be a go-to resource, presenting best practices and new concepts to improve the uptake of handwashing. Please register for all or some of the series here:
  • Virtual Conference on Hand Hygiene from 12-15 October 2020: Hosted by UNICEF in partnership with SWA, WHO, FANSA, WSSCC, WaterAid, Plan International. This series of events will be a great opportunity for the sector to come together to discuss handwashing across Asia and the Pacific regions and look at how as a sector we can contribute to ensuring that everyone everywhere washes their hands. Please register for all or some events here:
  • National events: Keep an eye out for national events to celebrate Global Handwashing Day near you!

The Global Handwashing Partnership has also provided several resources on the Global Handwashing Day website, including a social media pack, fact sheet, infographic, and online forum for partners to use, share or cross-post their efforts.

If you are interested in sharing your experience of Global Handwashing Day with a case study, please get in touch and contact claire.collin@lshtm.ac.uk. Case studies that we have already collected, can be found here.

And as usual, if you would like to share your project or have a question for the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub, we encourage you to contact us at support@hygienehub.info

Areas of Technical Support

This past week, common enquiries included:

  • What advice is there for developing COVID-19 communication materials?

Read our top tips on designing communication materials here.

  • How can we effectively measure COVID-19 preventative behaviours?

Read this guide on adapting project outcome measures for COVID-19 interventions.

  • How should our organisations go about designing COVID-19 prevention programmes?

Check out our guide on programme design.

New resources

We have continued to develop and revise our resource documents on a range of topics related to COVID-19 response.

New resources this week include:

Updated resources this week include:

We will also be sharing a new resource “What have we learned about promoting hand hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic?” in time for Global Handwashing Day so watch this space!

Want to access other resources or these resources in other languages? All our resources are available in French, Spanish and Arabic.

COVID-19 response: project highlights

This week, our three case studies from Somalia, Bangladesh and a global web-based platform are all using technology to improve their Covid-19 response. With partners Shaqodoon and Oxfam Somalia setting up a Covid-19 phone hotline to access the latest information nationally; Translators Without Borders establishing a Covid-19 glossary to improve two-way language communications and the team at WASH’Em offering easy to use behavioural assessment tools and recommendations on handwashing solutions across multiple settings- watch the video below for further details.

Links to all case studies can be found here.

Image: Snapshot of the TWB Glossary for COVID-19 terminology

Video: WASH’Em explanation video

Webinars

Over the last months, we have been providing a series of webinars, co-hosted with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), including:

Links to all of the webinars can be found here and will be updated with new webinars each month.

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