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COVID-19

Rapid

Response

COVID-19 Response Impact

From January Through June 2020

200

Sanitation & Hygiene Trainings Conducted Since COVID Rapid Response

8319

People Trained In Best Practices For Sanitation & Hygiene Since COVID Rapid Response

203

Handwashing Stations Deployed Since COVID

Rapid Response

The
Challenge

The entire world faces the realities of this virus. Disruptions to daily life are a common enemy to us all, but many African countries are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. The countries where we work report a massive scarcity of the supplies that healthcare workers need to treat this silent killer with the most concerning shortages being safe water, soap and training on how to promote effective hygiene practices. It is currently estimated that just 15% of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to safe water and soap and less than 58% of health care facilities in these countries lack these basic frontline defenses. With proper hand washing and social distancing being the ONLY ways to prevent greater spread of this disease, access to safe water, soap and proper hygiene training are imperative if we are to prevent COVID-19 from further straining the lives of the vulnerable.

Solution

With a long history of innovation in safe water delivery and efficient deployment of hygiene training and products, Water4 is uniquely situated to meet the difficult challenge of preventing COVID-19’s spread. Utilizing these experiences, Water4 has quickly initiated a robust and comprehensive pandemic response plan to help our partners in the 14 African countries where we work. Water4 is tackling COVID-19 through three inter-linked actions::

Wash

Hands

 We are providing free hand washing stations in our customer service areas, escalate our community WaSH training, and locally manufacture and source soap for distribution in Africa.

Accelerate Access

We will advance our piped NUMA water infrastructure to be able to reach the last mile, where we can connect hundreds of HCFs to a safe water source. We will also pilot a new, decentralized treatment technology that will allow for the most rural clinics to have high-quality water for medical use.

Strengthen Systems

 We need more than just reaction. Water4 insists on sustainability even as part of rapid response. Our infrastructure and stakeholder relationships will be permanent and lay foundations for ongoing services and impact. Strengthening our local water businesses in Africa now will serve to safeguard global health when the next pandemic arises.

Our
Outcomes

We are prepared and quickly adapting to COVID-19 by teaming up with local governments, ramping up socially distanced WaSH trainings, deploying hand washing stations, delivering soap, developing strategic safety protocols with and for our devout and brave field partners and more. We won’t stop because we know vulnerable communities are counting on the work of Water4 now more than ever.

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