World Water Day: Hand hygiene essential to containing spread of COVID-19

Today is World Water Day. It is set aside to celebrate water and raise awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water.

It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.


According to the UN, “The theme for 2020 is “Water and Climate Change” and explores how the two issues are inextricably linked.

“In light of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 campaign also promoted messages around handwashing and hygiene and gave guidance on staying safe while supporting the campaign.


“The campaign also shows how our use of water will help reduce floods, droughts, scarcity and pollution, and will help fight climate change itself.

“By adapting to the water effects of climate change, we will protect health and save lives. And, by using water more efficiently, we will reduce greenhouse gases.


“Our key messages for this day are clear:

We cannot afford to wait. Climate policy makers must put water at the heart of action plans.
Water can help fight climate change. There are sustainable, affordable and scalable water and sanitation solutions.


“Everyone has a role to play. In our daily lives, there are surprisingly easy steps we can all take to address climate change.

“Hand hygiene is essential to containing the spread of COVID-19, as well as other infectious diseases. Wash hands with soap and water


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