Mobilizing Hand Hygiene for All Initiative

Context:

Improving the WASH sector’s resilience to absorb the shock of the primary and immediate socio-economic impacts caused by COVID-19 is critical now but also for the future. Currently 3 billion people – 40% of the world’s population – do not have readily available access to handwashing facilities, with 43% of health care facilities globally lacking hand hygiene at point of care. 

The Opportunity:

The spotlight that the COVID19 pandemic has shone on hand hygiene represents an opportunity to radically transform our approach: to place hygiene at the heart of strategies to protect global health, to ensure that affordable products and services are available when needed.

Key Actions:

- Respond to the urgent, immediate needs for essential hand hygiene products and services.

- Rebuild markets and catalyse supply chains to deliver robust, yet affordable hand hygiene products and solutions.

- Reimagine a future with resilient, sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene systems, reaching everyone, that can withstand shocks.

To respond to these actions together, we invite you and your organization to partner with us by engaging on one of the Project Needs below.

1. In-kind Product and Supply:

Hygiene renewables: soap, hand sanitizing gels, menstrual hygiene products, toilet paper, compact toilets, chlorine tablets; Supplies to maintain water and sanitation services: disinfectants, chemicals, fuel to transport water.

2. Manufacturing & Distribution:

New product innovations for handwashing; Validation on viability of product designs; Facilitation of product distribution as well monitoring and tracking of product delivery and end use; Mapping of local manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

3. Collaboration:

Strengthened engagement from water technology and solution providers, infrastructure companies, civil society as well as governments in multi-stakeholder platforms at the national and subnational level to coordinate efforts and scale best practices over time.

If you have any questions or would like to join the initiative, please send an email to: anna.huber@weforum.org.

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