WASH is essential to protecting human health during the COVID-19 outbreak. Hand hygiene, in particular, is one of the most important measures to prevent the spread of diseases, including COVID-19. Functioning handwashing facilities with water and soap are necessary to practice safe hand hygiene but 3 billion (2 out of 5) people globally lacked this critical service in their home based on the latest estimates.
Ensuring everyone has access to hand hygiene services will be critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Additional details and guidance can be read in the WHO/UNICEF interim guidance on WASH for COVID-19 and the UNICEF Hygiene Programming Guidance Note.
Hygiene refers to the conditions and practices that help maintain health and prevent spread of disease including handwashing, menstrual hygiene management and food hygiene