Water, Sanitation and Hygiene represent the three core issues that UNICEF’s WaSH campaign focuses on. The organization has recognised that these three issues are dependent on the presence of the other in building healthy communities. The WaSH team at UNICEF works with over 100 countries to improve sanitation for poor communities and spread awareness for proper hygiene because doing so can elevate the lifestyle, health and wellbeing of those who are affected.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that something as simple as regular handwashing can save lives. Countries with limited access to sanitation and clean water have displayed higher infection and mortality rates. Even after this pandemic is over proper handwashing with soap can reduce the incidents of other forms of disease like diarrhea by around 50%.
As part of UNICEF’s WaSH campaign the organisation released an Emergency Preparedness and Response Guideline Note for COVID-19 which focuses on WaSH and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). The Guidance Note brings awareness to the IPC and its intersection with WaSH and it outlines key actions that organisations and communities can implement to help prevent the spread of infection.
With the infection rate rapidly growing day by day IPC is not possible without WaSH services and stations. The demand for proper water and sanitation services will be essential to support the gap and prevent further disruption to everyone’s day-to-day lives.
The key practices for WASH and IPC are as follows:
- Regularly wash hands with soap and running water and practice safe cough and sneeze etiquette.
- Properly label water points for different usages such as drinking water or hand washing only.
- Regular disinfection of floors, surfaces and any touch points.
- Hazardous waste management and disposal.
Some of the important measures of successful IPC ties directly into UNICEF’s WaSH campaign: it is important to practice good personal hygiene and more so, proper hand washing technique with the use of soap. Making important resources and information on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene available for everyone can lead to raising awareness and will result in healthier, happier communities.
CIVIQ has been gathering information on how best to respond to the needs of our customers by gathering feedback on market needs. We are pleased to have been able to pivot to meet market demand and you can view our new range of Handywash hand wash stations and other hands-free auto-sensor drinking water stations here. We look forward to helping you create a healthier, happier community through our range of Public-use Products.