The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), an UN-based organization, says the coronavirus pandemic is a “hygiene crisis”, and there is a clear link between water access and a community’s ability to contain the spread of the virus.
Billions of people around the world are continuing to suffer from poor access to water, sanitation, and hygiene, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Some 2.2 billion people around the world do not have safely managed drinking water services, 4.2 billion people do not have safely managed sanitation services, and 3 billion lack basic handwashing facilities. Also, many of those 3 billion people are in the most vulnerable situations.
As the world confronts the coronavirus pandemic, experts say that a key way to minimize the odds of getting sick is by washing your hands thoroughly and frequently. It's harder to practice hygiene when you have less access to water, and hygiene is critical for health
There is a proverb in Turkish. A calamity is better than a thousand-piece of advice. Nowadays we will have a lot of time to think about the many issues that this calamity reminds us. In fact, many intellectuals and scientists have already begun to state that the world will be reshaped after COVID-19 in many respect.
We wish that this report would contribute to raise awareness about shifting paradigm in global water and sanitation politics to protect public health and the environment.
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