SWA is organising a series of dialogues on COVID-19 and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The series seeks to achieve a balance between quick turnaround times to take into account the urgency of the COVID-19 emergency, reliability, accuracy and timeliness of information being shared, applicability of findings and approaches from one setting to another and the participation of key political leaders and decision-makers. Additional webinars may be added on demand.
Key links between COVID-19 and WASH will be explored over the coming few weeks to:
- Enable WASH systems to be more effective tools in the fight against COVID-19;
- Ensure that WASH systems are further strengthened to provide services during COVID-19;
- Empower systems to contribute to post-emergency recovery and prepare for future pandemics.
The dramatic spread of COVID-19 has disrupted lives, livelihoods, communities worldwide and has put water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) at the forefront of all messages. This outbreak demands global cooperation among governments, international organizations, civil society, private sector, research and learning, and all professionals in the sector, to strengthen the systems and make sure that the human rights to water and sanitation are respected.
In this context, SWA has organized a webinar focusing on COVID-19 and WASH featuring UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Governments.
The webinar featured:
- A presentation from WHO and UNICEF on WASH Preparedness and Response for COVID-19
- Interventions from senior Government officials in Cambodia, Côte d'Ivoire, and Peru, leading their countries’ WASH preparedness and response
- Discussions from participants on how the WASH Sector can use existing processes and systems to maintain and ensure continuity of services for all including the poor and most vulnerable.
The webinar can be viewed here: