In Photos: WSSCC partners respond to the COVID-19 crisis

Date: 22nd April 2020

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From teaching community members how to protect themselves from COVID-19 to setting up handwashing stations, WSSCC partners across Africa have been intensifying their effort to fight against the coronavirus, showcasing the power of prevention through sanitation and hygiene.

Some of their contributions have been captured in pictures.

Kenya: Campaign partners train residents of Nkoilale, Narok County in Kenya on how to wash hands with water and soap and stay safe from COVID-19. The campaign was organized by the Kenya Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme (K-SHIP), funded by WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund.

Photo Credits: Kenya Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme

Nigeria: Volunteers from the Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion in Nigeria (RUSHPIN) programme are raising awareness of how to protect people in Nigeria from coronavirus, in partnership with Benue State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency and the Benue State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. The RUSHPIN programme is funded by WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund.

Photo Credits: United Purpose Nigeria, the executing agency of the RUSHPIN programme

Tanzania: A group of women in Tanzania’s Chamwino Village attended a COVID-19 training session. Raising awareness of coronavirus prevention is all about changing hearts and minds. The activity was organized by Usafi wa Mazingira Tanzania (UMATA or Sanitation and Hygiene Programme in Tanzania) with support from WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund.

Photo Credits: Aidan Tarimom, UMATA Communications Officer

Madagascar: A woman washes her hands after an awareness-raising session organized by Medical Care Development International, the executing agency of Fonds d’Appui pour l’Assainissement, the sanitation programme supported by WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund, together with the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. They also distributed soap and handwashing buckets to communities in need.

Photo Credits: Hoby Randrianimanana

Togo: A radio station in Togo hosts a discussion on COVID-19 as part of the tools being used to broadcast campaign messages across the regions covered by the “Togo Sans Défécation à l’Air Libre (open defecation free Togo),” the national movement to end open defecation under the PAPHyR programme, funded by WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund.

Photo Credits: Programme d’amélioration de l’accès à l’Assainissement et des Pratiques d’Hygiène en milieu Rural (PAPHyR) Benin

Ethiopia: Handwashing facilities were installed in major public places by the Ethiopia Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme (E-SHIP) with the support of WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund. E-SHIP is raising awareness through printed materials, electronic messaging, face-to-face interactions and mass media.

Photo Credits: Mesfin Gebreyes, E-SHIP Programme Manager

Togo: An implementing partner in Benin continues to alert the communities on the importance of the use of handwashing stations and preventive measures against the coronavirus. The picture was taken in the village of Kpong, Canton of Kourientre, Prefecture of Tône.

Photo Credits: Alain Tossounon

Kenya: Radio Kaya FM in Mombasa has been airing key messages on COVID-19, reaching approximately 200,000 people across the counties of Malindi, Kilifi, Kwale Lamu, Voi and Tana River. The radio campaign is organized by the Kenya Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme (K-SHIP), funded by WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund.

Photo Credits: Kenya Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme

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