Hygiene: the missing first line of defence against COVID-19

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Sor Socheat, 35, Hospital Cleaner, in the delivery room at Battambang Referral Hospital, Sampov Loun Hospital, Cambodia, Feb 2017.
Image: WaterAid/ Laura Summerton

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global emergency that demands urgent collective action – not only to withstand this crisis, but to build resilience against the threat of future health crises.

In our action plan, we urge heads of government and health ministers to take seven critical actions to ensure urgent investment in hygiene and public health is central to a COVID-19 response and rebuild strategy.

Download to learn more about the critical weaknesses in health systems caused by lack of clean water and hygiene, our seven urgent recommendations, and practical examples from member states.