Water for handwashing in slums is critical to prevent COVID-19 spreading

Regular handwashing with soap and running water can be difficult to put into practice due to lack of water in slums. Water points, when available, are only in certain locations and are even harder to access when there are restrictions on movement to prevent or contain an outbreak of COVID-19. There is a high risk that the impacts of COVID-19 on the urban poor living in slums will be considerably higher compared to other areas as maintaining social distancing is extremely difficult in overcrowded areas.

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