The first line of defense against illnesses like COVID-19 is handwashing, but millions do not have access to clean water and soap. In the face of the COVID-19 threat, WaterAid is scaling efforts to improve handwashing and hygiene education in the 34 countries where they work. WaterAid has decades of expertise helping change people’s hygiene behaviors, starting with handwashing. WaterAid is an international nonprofit with a mission to reach everyone, everywhere with access to clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene, within a generation.
CARE is preparing an immediate surge in 18 of the most vulnerable countries, at a minimum cost of $200,000 per country. Their fundraising goal for a comprehensive immediate and long-term response is $30 million. Immediate priorities include: 20,000 hygiene kits – containing crucial items like soap and diapers – at $35 each and 10,000 handwashing stations – where people at risk of infection can practice safe hygiene – at $50 each. Their COVID 19 response draws on CARE’s experience like the fight against Ebola, SARS and cholera providing access to safe water, hygiene kits and hygiene education.
Water Mission will provide urgently needed safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions to under-resourced communities in developing nations.
Oxfam’s global support will focus on countries and areas with poor access to healthcare further exacerbated by new and protracted humanitarian crisis either high density population areas or areas of conflict and displacement. Oxfam is a leading WASH implementer, with global reach built on prepositioned staffing and prepositioned supplies, including WASH and public health materials. Comprehensive responses incorporate community engagement, gender, public health promotion, water and sanitation, and digital technology. Primary activities including preventing and reducing the infection risk, training local stakeholders and community-based volunteers, adapting information and communications strategies to minimize gender barriers to accessing information and delivering soap, clean water, and sanitation services. Will partner with specialized agencies to ensure the inclusion of older people and people with disabilities including organizations led by disabled people, drawing on their capacity to be part of an inclusive humanitarian response.