The first-ever Global Handwashing Day, launched by the Public Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap (PPPHW), was celebrated 15 October in over 70 countries and gained massive media coverage. In Madagascar the Ministers of Health, Education and Water were involved in school festivities, the latter having brought together over 10,000 pupils as well as their parents and teachers throughout the country.
In Ethiopia celebrations were organised by UNICEF, the Ethiopia WASH Movement and private sector partners, and set a precedent for collaboration among diverse stakeholders. A national launching event took place in Addis Ababa and 450 schools across the country raised the profile of school children as active promoters of handwashing with soap.
By Renu Kshetry, KATHMANDU, Nepal – Just like the rest of the world, Nepal has taken preventive measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), announcing a lockdown from 23 March until further notice. The national lockdown involves long-distance buses being halted, non-essential services being shut and international flights to and from Tribhuvan International Airport […]
By Raza Naqvi, DELHI, India – A robot called Pepe will soon encourage schoolchildren to wash their hands. The robot will help kids adopt better practices by talking about hygiene and sanitation and developers say they will be useful especially when pandemics like COVID-19 requires confinement and social distancing. Video courtesy: Ammachi Labs According to […]
GENEVA – Ms Hind Khatib-Othman, Executive Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, is calling upon world leaders to commit to the establishment of a new global Fund to develop and implement the community-based sanitation and hygiene solutions, and prevent future pandemics. Transcript – Calling for a global fund dedicated to sanitation and […]
GENEVA – The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is in full support of the action plan launched by the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday to address the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. In a new report, Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, Mr Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the […]