World Water Day is celebrated on March 22nd to raise awareness on the importance of water for human life and to remind us that there still are 2 billion living without access to safe water. This year’s theme is all about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis.
The hands4health consortium has been tackling this crisis in primary schools (Nigeria, Palestine) and health care facilities (Mali, Burkina Faso), keeping hand hygiene at the core of its work. Check out how this has been done in the articles below.
- World Water Day 2023: full article
- Improving the WASH systems in Palestinian schools: full article
- Mise à jour hands4health Mali: full article
- World Water Day campaigns in Nigeria: full article
The hands4health project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and aims to develop a systemic approach to hand hygiene, water quality and sanitation in schools and health care facilities not connected to functional water supply systems. The project partners comprise: University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), University of Maiduguri, Palestine Polytechnic University, Ranas, MARTIN Systems GmbH, Terre des hommes, Skat Foundation, and Cesvi.
Picture ©Cesvi/Swiss TPH