WaterAid’s hygiene work
COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way we live our lives and how we connect with the world around us. We have all become more aware of practicing good hygiene habits, especially frequent hand washing, as well as social distancing and wearing face masks in public places.
At WaterAid, we include hygiene in everything we do. In addition to promoting and supporting the delivery of hand washing facilities in people’s homes, schools, health centres and other community spaces, we change hygiene behaviour. These shifts are constant and they’re happening rapidly. Many of the countries where we work have stepped up their hygiene behaviour change campaigns: WaterAid Bangladesh has so far reached 17 million people and WaterAid Pakistan has reached over 22 million people with hygiene messaging. WaterAid Nepal has provided 50 gallons of surface disinfectant, 17,000 surgical masks and 100 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Management Division of the Ministry of Health and Population. They have also distributed soap and surgical masks to the Dalit communities in Lahan, Siraha district, Nepal.