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.

Find out more about WSUP’s work with UK Aid and Unilever to fight Covid-19.

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.

If you would like to support our Covid-19 response please contact our team on partnerships@wsup.com.

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We have a duty to the communities where we work to consider ways in which we can assist them to improve hygiene.

Neil Jeffery
Neil Jeffery, CEOWater & Sanitation for the Urban Poor

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How we’re responding to 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.

Blog: April 2020 – How can we stop the spread  of Covid-19 in informal settlements?

Handwashing station in Accra, Ghana

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.

Blog: May 2020 – Four steps to creating water solutions that will last

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.

Blog: May 2020 – How can the global WASH sector respond better in future crises?

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.

Read more about how WSUP’s work drives stronger health outcomes.

Children by polluted river