SuSanA News - COVID19 Edition   April 2020
 
COVID-19 & WASH
Dear friends of SuSanA,

The SuSanA platform is offering you the tools to stay connected - even in times of strict spatial distancing.
Our knowledge tools and communication channels are available to our members and partners. Here is a brief overview:

- We have created a dedicated space in the Discussion Forum where we provide a continuously updated collection of sources on COVID-19 & WASH related information and news. Current discussions are e.g., around the survival of the virus in faeces, the waterborne disease risk, project implementation under a travel ban, and many more.

- Our newly launched sector event calender is shifting to online-hosted events at the moment. You will find an overview of webinars at the bottom of this newsletter.

- Our library includes new and relevant resources and our social media channels are there to amplify outreach. Please contact the secretariat if you would like to share resources, get access to the event calendar to upload your online event or trainings, or make us aware of your social media campaigns.

Enjoy reading and have a great weekend!
Your SuSanA Secretariat
WASH in Schools & Coronavirus Knowledge Map
For learners, families & the education system
The WASH in Schools (WinS) Network (UNICEF, GIZ, Save the Children, Water Aid, among others) has compiled a Knowledge Map with links to relevant materials about COVID-19 for learners, their families and the education system. The map is intended for the time when schools are closed and in preparation for re-opening of schools.

It navigates the readers through the jungle of information about COVID-19, specifically with relevance for the school community. The material is updated regularly.
No chance for Corona
How kids can help beat the virus
Although children and adolescents rarely fall seriously ill with COVID-19, they are nevertheless extremely affected by the pandemic. Instead of playing outside, going to school, doing sports and meeting friends, they are now locked up with their parents all day, often in very confined spaces. In addition, they are worried about their family, their friends and themselves. Together, Welthungerhilfe and WASH United want to ensure that children and adolescents understand why their normal lives are being so drastically restricted and what they can do to protect themselves, their family and their friends from Corona. To this end, they have worked closely with an expert from the Charité – Berlin University of Medicine to develop a comic strip that can be used around the world to educate children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14 about Corona.
Opinion: COVID-19 a collective failure, an unprecedented opportunity
Opinion piece and WSSCC country examples
Many of us are observing government and employer directives to "stay at home". This means that regular community-based activities are likely disrupted until the situation changes. Despite the situation, there is so much being done. WSSCC provides 11 country stories from Benin, Cambodia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal, Nigeria, Tanzania and Togo.

"COVID19 represents a collective failure and an unprecedented opportunity to invest in safe, sustainable water and sanitation services", is a statement in a recent opinion piece by Sue Coates (WSSCC) and Catarina de Albuquerque (SWA).
Strengthening WASH Systems in times of Corona
Tools for Practitioners - the SSI-Toolbox
As announced during the 29th SuSanA meeting, the Sustainable Services Initiative (SSI) has recently published Tools for Practitioners to strengthen WASH systems - the SSI-Toolbox.
Designed for country or field-based WASH practitioners, it provides guidance and reference materials to understand and apply WASH systems strengthening approaches.
The toolbox contains 21 two-page topic briefs on key systems strengthening concepts. Each topic brief explains why the topic is important to systems strengthening and provides practical guidance and tips as well as more than 100 links with one-click-access to relevant resources that provide further information.
eCompendium of Sanitation Technologies in Emergencies
Launch of interactive online platform
We are excited to announce the launch of a new interactive online platform for the Compendium of Sanitation Technologies in Emergencies - hosted on SuSanA and the Global WASH Cluster platforms. The compendium is anchored within SuSanA Working Group 8 "Emergency and reconstruction situations".

This eCompendium is a user-friendly online capacity development tool that supports and enables decision making through configuration of entire sanitation service chain solutions in emergency settings. It is a collaborative effort of Global WASH Cluster partners with contributions and thematic inputs from a multitude of international sanitation sector experts and organisations.
Battling the Covid-19 pandemic with hygiene promotion
Pandemic preparedness and response - “My School Loo”
Hygiene practices are key in the battle against Covid-19. Particularly in schools, learning hygiene behaviors like handwashing with soap as a routine behavior at critical times has the potential for students to become multipliers for their families and thus for their communities. The “My School Loo” toolbox supports hygiene promotion in schools, providing a range of easy-to-understand and easy-to-use educational materials to inspire children to improve hygiene and sanitation practices, mobilizing collective action and triggering long-term behavior change. The ready for use and universally applicable "My School Loo" toolkit was designed for use by implementing WASH organizations and complements other WASH in Schools approaches.
SuSanA Latin America
Prevention measures against COVID-19
SuSanA Latin America will actively support initiatives by Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) and others organizations, to be able to show the relationship between water, sanitation and pandemic prevention, generating actions that reduce the spread of COVID-19. Webinars, spots and discussions will be promoted on our social networks and with our members. SuSanA Latin America also launched its second Newsletter and its third webinar "Water and Climate Change" on March 26.
Resources on WASH & COVID-19
Discussions in the Forum on COVID-19 & WASH
Information on WASH and the Coronavirus
by campbelldb (05.03.2020), last replies by: campbelldb, rahulmankotia, rahulmankotia
(total 20 replies)
Covid-19 survival in faeces
by JKMakowka (02.02.2020), last replies by: joeturner, joeturner, JKMakowka
(total 3 replies)
Information about the covid-19 waterborne disease risk
Reply by fppirco (07.04.2020), last replies by: christoph, jocetsai, arno
(total 12 replies)
Upcoming sanitation events, online discussions and webinars
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