This has been a problem for so many millions of people, but if anything positive can come out of the disruption and tragedy that COVID-19 has brought, it should be a renewed and urgent focus on resolving this. A lack of access to clean running water is the main catalyst to poverty. It forces men, women and children to walk miles for water; it means girls and women are unable to manage their periods with dignity (period poverty as it is now called) and limits children’s ability to get an education.
We have previously written about COVID-19 negatively impacting workers in the informal economy – not only due to a lack of hand-washing facilities, but also disrupting their ability to safely go to work and earn enough to feed their families. WaterAid have now published a guide for businesses on introducing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) action plans in order for supply chains to safely reopen, which is “vital to protect workforce health and allow a return to operation, thereby ensuring financial resilience and long-term business continuity”.