BLOG: Women, WASH & COVID-19: The ‘burdens of’ and ‘opportunities for’ the vulnerable

  • 2020•07•15     Hamilton

    Authors: Zoha Anjum (University of Toronto, Canada) and Nidhi Nagabhatla (UNU-INWEH)

    Published by: Health and Migration Collaborative Community

    At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, several public health interventions were implemented to mitigate the spread of the virus. Examples included partial/complete lockdowns, wide enforcement of physical distancing, and recommendations for facemasks use and frequent handwashing (World Health Organization, 2020). However, these recommendations were far from reality for communities that lack access to WASH and/or reside in overcrowded spaces, where clean water is a luxury and physical distancing is impossible. The impact of COVID-19 on individuals and communities has been unequal. The vulnerable are further burdened, not just economically, but for provisions essential for survival and good health.

    Blog post available here.