When Global Handwashing Day was introduced 12 years ago, hand hygiene wasn't a feature in everyday conversation. COVID-19 has changed this. Now, messages on the importance of handwashing are mainstream, and yet, for those living in extreme poverty, significant barriers to handwashing remain. In line with our commitment to ‘thinking big and acting urgently’, we pivoted to address these barriers in the communities we serve.
In response to COVID-19, we’re now ‘thinking big’ and ‘acting urgently’ to do more. Since early April, we’ve delivered 1,600 tons of soap for handwashing, 360,000 liters of chlorine for disinfecting, and hygiene education to help over 4 million people protect themselves against COVID-19. More deliveries will take place over the next few weeks.
With each passing day, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to bend health systems to their breaking points, and organizations like ours are keenly focused on the looming threat that this pandemic presents to low- and middle-income countries. At Evidence Action we are seeking to leverage our existing resources and relationships to support these governments and communities in their response to COVID-19.