The reality of the current pandemic necessitates a discussion to consider how partners are: Identifying the most vulnerable populations, Creating policies and taking water and sanitation actions which target the vulnerable and Working with communities to put policies into practice
Additionally, participants will discuss how to bring interventions which target the most vulnerable to scale and incorporate long term approaches which can remain effective even after COVID-19. SWA partners will be invited to present their examples to be followed by a dynamic facilitated discussion.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, inequalities which already exist and are deeply ingrained in some societies are exacerbated even further, particularly when it comes to access to water and sanitation. Good hygiene practices, such as handwashing, are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. However, handwashing is only possible when water and soap are easily accessible. And while many utilities and governments are ensuring that access to water is continuous and cost barriers to services are removed or deferred, questions about who benefits, sustainability and what happens after the threat of the pandemic has passed, loom overhead. Public health messaging and calls to stay inside are hard to follow for people who have little or no access to WASH facilities; those who rely on daily wages to survive; those living in densely populated informal settlements or refugee camps; and street dwellers.
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