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.
The Indian state of Rajasthan asked for our assistance in identifying elderly members of the community who were immunocompromised, had preexisting conditions, or presented any other factors that increased their risk of contracting COVID-19.
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.