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By Alain Tossounon Protective masks, handwashing devices, soap and spraying equipment were among the supplies given to the Government of Benin in early June in support of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic. The contribution was made by an organization working in the health and sanitation sector: the Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Practices Improvement […]

An interview with Mesfin Sahele Gebreyes, E-SHIP Programme Manager By Kevin Mwanza Ethiopia, one of the countries where WSSCC has been working to advance better sanitation and hygiene for the vulnerable people, has so far managed to contain the spread of COVID-19 through a mix of surveillance, WASH-Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), health education and […]

By Alain Tossounon COTONOU, Benin – In the ongoing battle against COVID-19, social distancing measures continue to form an essential part of efforts around the world to stop the spread of the disease. At the same time, restrictions on the size of gatherings are also limiting the ability of non-governmental organizations in developing countries to […]

Masks, soap and sanitizer help the vulnerable protect themselves against COVID-19 By Kevin Mwanza NAIROBI, Kenya – 3,000 residents of the Mukuru slum in Nairobi received face masks, handwashing soap and sanitizers in an effort led by a sanitation and hygiene programme in Kenya to help some of the country’s most vulnerable residents protect themselves […]

By Renu Kshetry GAURIJANG, Nepal – A team of government officials, medical officers and sanitation professionals is intensifying their effort to provide the necessary support to poor and marginalized communities in the easternmost district of Nepal as many of the community members are confined and their movement is restricted due to the fight against coronavirus. […]

Maintaining person-to-person contact despite a pandemic lockdown By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – 60-year-old Sabitri knew that handwashing and staying home were critical measures in preventing the spread of COVID-19. But until she received a phone call from a researcher, she admitted she had not been taking them seriously. “But since you called,” she told […]

By Olajide Adelana In the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in a context of poor sanitation, Nigeria and many countries around the world are confronted with enormous challenges at every turn. A critical look at national response plans offers much to be learned in terms of what is working and what is not, […]

Communicate effective measures to prevent COVID-19 By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – Faced with a major challenge of dealing with the possible outbreak of COVID-19, ward officials of Kispang Rural Municipality in central Nepal are using the lockdown period to intensify the ongoing campaign to create awareness of handwashing with soap and water as a […]

By Eileen Palmer GENEVA – Commemorating this year’s World Immunization Week between 24 and 30 April, WSSCC interviewed Ms Anuradha Gupta, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. In describing Gavi’s mission, to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries, Ms Gupta underscores the vital […]

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – Nigeria’s music star, Sunny Neji, is reaching out to the people of the country through a new song he has released recently in support of the nationwide effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In his latest song titled “Together we will beat it,” Mr Neji emphasizes the importance […]

GENEVA, 6 May 2020 – The Steering Committee of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) took a landmark decision on Monday by approving WSSCC’s new 2021-2025 strategy, which paves the way for WSSCC to evolve into the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund, a scalable and global Fund to effectively support the world’s poorest and […]

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 […]