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Hand hygiene at the workplace: an essential occupational safety and health prevention and control measure against COVID-19

Workplaces, particularly those that employ migrant workers and those in the informal economy, have taken centre stage in the containment of the COVID-19 virus. Through this policy brief, the International Labour Organization emphasizes that safe and healthy working conditions are fundamental to decent work and […]

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Handwashing Learning Brief

This Handwashing Learning Brief was developed by the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub. It includes 10 actions to improve long-term handwashing behavior and hygiene programming. Find the full brief here.

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10 immediate WASH in schools (WinS) actions

This document developed by the WASH in Schools Network provides 10 WASH immediate actions to support school heads in managing their response to COVID-19.

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USAID WASH: Strategic Approach to COVID-19 Response

USAID is responding to COVID-19 by bringing together multiple sectors in order to address critical emergency response, recovery, and long-term resilience that helps prevent the next outbreak. Within the health system, priorities include Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), including WASH, health systems strengthening, and global […]

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GLAAS Hygiene Highlight 2020

Understanding how governments and external support agencies (ESAs) are addressing hygiene is critical during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to be so after. Approaches to increase handwashing with soap and provide infrastructure for hygiene, as well as activities to promote and complement hygiene practices, […]

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Hand Hygiene for All: A Call to Action for All of Society to Achieve Universal Access to Hand Hygiene

The Hand Hygiene for All initiative aims to implement WHO’s global recommendations on hand hygiene to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic and work to ensure lasting infrastructure and behaviors. This document outlines why universal hand hygiene is important and how multiple actors can work […]

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COVID Content Hub

A community-sourced platform for clinicians, public health professionals, and others responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in resource-limited settings. Access the content hub here. 


Handwashing Compendium for Low Resource Settings: A Living Document (2nd edition)

This compendium is a living document which will be updated regularly as learning emerges. It has been developed and disseminated quickly so immediate, relevant and timely actions can be taken. Find the living document here. Citation: Coultas, M. and Iyer, R. with Myers, J. (2020) […]

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Beyond Raising Awareness: Promoting Handwashing in Nepal Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

This report proposes a simple framework for policy actions to effectively promote handwashing in Nepal amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Raising awareness about proper handwashing is the cheapest, easiest and most important way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but it is far from sufficient […]

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Inequalities in access to water and soap matter for the COVID-19 response in sub-Saharan Africa

Citation: Jiwani, S.S., Antiporta, D.A. (2020). Inequalities in access to water and soap matter for the COVID-19 response in sub-Saharan Africa. Int J Equity Health, 19. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-020-01199-z Abstract (excerpt): The COVID-19 pandemic has spread rapidly since the first case notification of the WHO in December […]

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