Vulnerable urban communities in developing economies are at severe risk from the Covid-19 pandemic.
High population density, poor hygiene conditions and weak national health infrastructure mean that outbreaks in low-income communities could be catastrophic.
WSUP is providing urgent support to the most vulnerable communities through hygiene promotion, emergency water access and handwashing stations.
Alongside these short-term measures WSUP is also focusing on the long-term availability of water supplies, particularly for the poorest in cities. This includes strengthening utilities and encouraging service providers to work with communities to improve water access.
We have a duty to the communities where we work to consider ways in which we can assist them to improve hygiene.
How we’re responding to Covid-19
The importance of good hygiene practices post Covid-19 restrictions
Hygiene practices that were promoted during the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic have given people additional protection. But as restrictions are lifted in many countries with low vaccination rates, these hygiene practices will need to be maintained to keep the virus at bay.
Building urban resilience in the face of Covid-19
WSUP with the support of the Hygiene & Behaviour Change Coalition (HBCC) – a UK government and Unilever initiative – delivered a rapid customer focused communication hygiene campaign, to combat the spread of Covid-19 across 10 cities in Ghana and Kenya.
At the epicentre of the Covid-19 crisis
We spoke to those on the frontline of Covid-19 in urban areas in Madagascar and Kenya about how they’ve responded to the pandemic and the renewed importance of WASH in protecting low-income communities.
How can the global WASH sector respond better in future crises?
Despite praiseworthy responses by WASH service institutions, this epidemic has made us realise that we do not have the right mechanisms for any form of emergencies in the sector. We now need to envision what could have been done to better prepare for such circumstances.
Fighting Covid-19 sustainably: four steps to creating water solutions that will last
Universal water coverage is not a luxury: it is an essential part of keeping people safe. Governments in the Global South need to look to the long term and create water access in informal settlements that will be sustainable for years to come, protecting against future pandemics or a second wave of Covid-19.
Covid-19 and crowded urban settlements: how can we stop the spread?
For the one billion people living in informal urban settlements in the Global South, the spread of coronavirus poses an imminent threat that could prove catastrophic.
Read more about WSUP’s five priorities for tackling coronavirus in the communities where we work.
Reducing spread of diseases in urban areas
WSUP’s long-term work to build stronger water, sanitation and hygiene systems is vital part of helping people lead healthier lives and making developing country economies more resilient to health threats.