To control further spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, USAID and many of its partners are pivoting resources and activities to improve access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), bolstering public health at a critical moment as the worst pandemic in 100 years sweeps the globe.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put devastating financial stress on water utilities. USAID's Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN) project is conducting financial stress testing in several countries to quantify the financial impact on operations and help prioritize potential response options.
The dire state of water, sanitation, and hygiene in health care facilities has long been overlooked. Years before the pandemic, USAID's Swachchhata activity began improving the critical infrastructure needed for infection prevention and control in more than 100 health care facilities. These groundbreaking efforts have never been more urgent.
In Turkmenistan, trailblazing women are stepping into water management roles and raising their profiles in society with the support of local water councils that foster collaboration to find solutions to water-related problems.