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The COVID-19 pandemic reached South Asia at the beginning of 2020 and by March most of the countries in the region had imposed lockdowns in an attempt to curb the rampant spread of the disease. Severe restrictions on movement were introduced and businesses were closed. Only the provision of essential services – including sanitation and waste management – were permitted to continue.
Sanitation workers have long been marginalised across South Asia due to stigma around the nature of their work and discrimination based on caste, ethnicity and religion. The COVID-19 pandemic magnified the considerable occupational and health hazards these workers already faced, leaving many of them to continue working with limited protection and almost no formal guidance or support structures.
WaterAid (n.d.). Safety and wellbeing of sanitation workers during COVID-19 in South Asia. WaterAid
East Asia & Pacific English Import to Sanitation Workers Platform
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