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2 May 2020

By Hoby Randrianimanana ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – Sanitation and hygiene partners are placing an increased emphasis on improving hygiene services as a first line of defense in curtailing the spread of coronavirus in Madagascar, where a surge in the number of cases is feared to overwhelm the public health care system. As of 1 May, 128 […]

1 May 2020

By Raza Naqvi Panthdeep Singh helped protect his Punjab village from disease by leading its effort to become open defecation free (ODF). Now he is putting many of the same sanitation and hygiene strategies to work in the fight against COVID-19. Mr Singh, the Sarpanch (head) of the village of Chhina in India’s district of […]

30 April 2020

Par Alain Tossounon En réponse au Covid-19, DEDRAS, l’ONG chargée de la mise en œuvre du Programme d’amélioration de l’accès à l’assainissement et des pratiques d’hygiène en milieu rural, (ou PAPHyR), programme financé par le Fonds mondial pour l’assainissement du WSSCC, a engagé plusieurs actions dans sa zone d’intervention. Le Bénin a rejoint, depuis une […]

29 April 2020

A learning journey to fight against slippage By Francesca Nava PARAKOU, Benin –  A resounding chant to never go back to open defecation echoes across the Beninese village of Sondi as a group of sanitation professionals pays a visit to help community members realize the positive impact of sanitation and hygiene on their lives. “Mum, Dad, […]

28 April 2020

Civil society strengthening, accountability and voice on sanitation and hygiene The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is very excited to announce the launch of a new pilot small grant for Civil Society Strengthening, Accountability and Voice. Based on the principle that civil society has a crucial role to play in holding governments accountable […]

28 April 2020

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – Ms Chizoma Opara is the acting coordinator of the “Clean Nigeria” campaign – a government initiative supported by UNICEF, World Bank and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), amongst others, to end open defecation (OD) in the country. She believes the country has a unique opportunity to […]

27 April 2020

By Machrine Birungi This year’s World Immunization Week between 24 and 30 April highlights the critical role vaccines play in protecting lives and preventing disease outbreaks. But the goal of leaving no one behind remains unachievable because 13 million children are not receiving any vaccines and are categorized as the “zero-dose” children. In this Interview, […]

22 April 2020

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 […]

21 April 2020

By Hind Khatib-Othman, Elhadj As Sy What was once unthinkable is now reality. An unknown disease has spread around the world with terrifying speed, and the global community was not prepared — not by a long shot. There have been pandemics before: SARS in 2003, H1N1 in 2009, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in 2012, Zika […]

20 April 2020

Health Care Heroines Need Menstrual Health Too By Virginia Kamowa, Technical Expert, Menstrual Health and Hygiene, WSSCC GENEVA – Around the world, there has been an outcry about the severe shortage of supplies and equipment that medical personnel need in order to protect themselves and take care of patients with COVID-19. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including […]

19 April 2020

Interview with Nigeria’s WASH Ambassador By Olajide Adelana Ms Ebele Okeke, WSSCC’s WASH Ambassador in Nigeria, speaks on the novel Coronavirus disease, and what Nigeria must learn while addressing the pandemic. She shares her thoughts as to why Nigeria should use this as an opportunity to accelerate precautionary measures for stopping the spread of future […]

17 April 2020

DODOMA, Tanzania – Unusually heavy rainfall across much of East Africa over recent months has caused much disruption, not least to efforts to improve sanitation and hygiene in Tanzania. In the Dodoma district, not only have severe flash floods submerged and destroyed toilets, but they have also washed out roads and damaged bridges, making it […]