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Global WASH Cluster
Covid19 Bi-Weekly Update
Dear all,
In our efforts to provide key information on WASH and the Covid19 response, please find the 21st issue of our bi-weekly newsletter. This issue features key GWC updates (Water Under Fire Events, QAAI and Staffing Updates) and news from other partner organizations' related to WASH and Covid-19 (CARE, Practical Action, UNICEF, WHO, ELRHA and the World Bank).

Key reports, updated Covid-19 response plans, and infographics from national WASH Cluster humanitarian coordination platforms are also featured in this edition. Highlights this week from countries feature the Camp Disinfection and Decommissioning Considerations during times of COVID-19 in Iraq as well as key data and analysis feeding HNO processes in Somalia and Sudan.

We will celebrate World Toilet Day on 19th November - we would like to highlight that WHO and UNICEF will launch the first State of the World’s Sanitation report on that day. Stay tuned and engage through

The Global WASH Cluster remains heavily engaged in the Global Humanitarian Response Plan, as well as the HNO/HRP process in providing operational support on assessment, coordination, and information management to national WASH humanitarian coordination platforms through the GWC Field Support Team. For any query, the GWC can be contacted through their dedicated helpdesk:

Please visit the GWC WASH/Covid19 web portal for more information. 

Best regards

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GWC Key Updates

Water under Fire in the Central Sahel - Recordings and Summary Note
UNICEF and the GWC co-hosted the side event “Water under Fire in Central Sahel: Protecting Access to Basic Services” on the margins of the Ministerial Roundtable on Central Sahel, co-chaired by Denmark, Germany, the European Union, and the United Nations.  
Download the summary note and presentation.
Watch the webinar (in French): here - The password to view the recording is #m4rt2T4.

Water under Fire - Securing Safe and Sustainable Water and Sanitation during Crises and in Fragile Contexts -18 November - 3PM CET 
The event aims to advocate for the critical importance that safe and sustainable WASH service delivery is to saving lives whilst raising the visibility of the work achieved by the WASH sector. This cuts across bridging the humanitarian-development-peace divide, strengthening the WASH sector capacity, and bringing an end to attacks on WASH facilities. The main target audience are development and humanitarian actors from government agencies, donors and international/national organisations from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Read more and register here.

Real-time Assessment of WASH Coordination in Humanitarian Emergencies
On October 28th 2020, the GWC in collaboration with Tufts University held a webinar at #UNC2020 on Monitoring and Evaluation: Realtime Assessment of WASH Coordination in Humanitarian Emergencies - This work is novel in that the wider approach to WASH stakeholders and regular data collection over a 9-month span is unique. Author: Daniele Lantagne/Tufts University. Additional Authors: Travis Yates, CamilleHeylen, Franck Bouvet, and Dominique Porteaud. View the webinar here.
CAST & FST Staffing Update
The GWC is hiring, we are looking for a Field Support Team Project Manager with ACF France, the deadline for applications is 10th November, see advert here. We would like to sincerely thank Fayyaz Ahmed Malik, FST Information Management Officer with IMMAP, who is leaving us after 18 months of dedicated support to national coordination platforms as well as the GWC. We wish Fayyaz the best for the future.
Quality Assurance and Accountability Initiative (QAAI)
The GWC QAAI initiative has been recently been featured in an article written by Lise Lacan, in French on "Défis Humanitaires". It highlights GWC solutions to improve the quality of the humanitarian response. Read the full article here.
Covid-19 WASH Global & Country Resources
The Covid-19 WASH Global Resources repository is available here. It gathers specific and key WASH and Covid-19 Resources in addition to providing links to key Covid-19 websites for WASH practitioners. The repository features +200 resources from 35+ WASH partners. Resources from national coordination platforms can be found here (HRP revision, key country technical guidance, response dashboards).
WASH Covid-19 Technical Helpdesk - Covid-19 Hygiene Hub
We remind partners and WASH colleagues that the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub remains the go-to technical helpdesk for WASH & Covid-19. Find the latest news from the hub below.

Launch of the new Handwashing Handbook

The Global Handwashing Partnership has recently launched their 2020 Handwashing Handbook. Based on the experience of the Global Handwashing Partnership, the Handwashing Handbook reviews current best practices and new concepts to improve the uptake of handwashing. Key content includes:

  • Making the Case for Handwashing
  • Designing and Implementing Handwashing Programs
  • Improving Handwashing in Specific Contexts
  • Addressing Handwashing at a Systems Level

New resources

We have continued to develop and revise our resource documents on a range of topics related to COVID-19 response.

New resources this week include:

Want to access other resources or these resources in other languages? All our resources are available in French, Spanish and Arabic.

Case studies on COVID-19 response

This week, we are sharing a case study where UNHCR, World Vision, and RANAS Ltd. came together in April 2020 to design a theory-driven evidence-based behaviour change intervention aiming to increase handwashing with soap (HWWS) and physical distancing among Tongogara Refugee Camp residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

If you are interested in sharing your experience of Global Handwashing Day with a case study, please get in touch and contact Links to all case studies can be found here.

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UNICEF WASH & Covid-19 Updates

Handwashing Thursday Series and the Handwashing Handbook
The Global Handwashing Partnership has published its new Handwashing Handbook, a comprehensive update of the previous edition from 2005. Along with the latest science and evidence on behavior change programming, it includes a new focus on addressing handwashing at a systems level as well as improving handwashing in specific contexts. The document is discussed during the Handwashing Thursday series now until 17 Dec. Inquiries: Janita Bartell.

Hand Hygiene for All: Brief on Country Roadmaps (draft)
This document outlines the purpose and key elements of context-specific country roadmaps for hand hygiene as well as the process of their development. It is based on the Country Roadmaps Framework and the Hand Hygiene for All Interim Guidance: Steps for Developing a Country Roadmap.

Core Commitments for Children
On 15 October, the new Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) was launched with revised WASH commitments and benchmarks. For women and children to reap the benefits of our humanitarian responses, all UNICEF WASH staff and partners must learn and incorporate the new CCCs into their daily work. A WASH webinar will be offered in multiple languages later this year.

Dashboard to monitor the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 and WASH services continuity. The dashboard offers relevant early indications of impacts on the disruption of essential services. The current version presents highlights from 159 countries as of late August 2020. Inquiries: Niall Boot

Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance through WaSH & IPC in Healthcare Facilities
WHO, UNICEF and partners from IPC and AMR and NGO partners have updated the 2016 advocacy brief, Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance through water, sanitation and hygiene and Infection Prevention and Control in Health care. This updated brief outlines key messages and facts about the shocking problem that the lack of WASH, IPC and AMR control have on peoples’ lives.  Not intended as a reference document for all our WASH/IPC/AMR ‘standards,' the brief highlights the benefits of combined efforts and suggests ways we can tangibly collaborate. Inquiries: Irene Amongin

Accountability to Affected Populations: a handbook for UNICEF and partners
The UNICEF’s Accountability to Affected Populations Unit has prepared this Handbook to help UNICEF staff, partner agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) increase their understanding of Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and to gain practical knowledge and skills in applying AAP principles in their daily work. It is intended as guidance, to be read in full or consulted on specific topics. The Handbook is complemented by an online toolkit.

For more country examples of how UNICEF is responding to COVID-19, please see the November WASH bulletin. All of UNICEF’s WASH technical resources can be found HERE.

CARE - Addressing the Needs of Adolescent Girls During COVID-19 and Beyond

Girl-driven change: Addressing the needs of Adolescent Girls During COVID-19 and beyond

As a result of the circumstances brought on by COVID-19, adolescent girls face a myriad of risks – ranging from an increased likelihood of exposure to violence and early marriage, to catastrophic learning, health and economic losse. Despite these concerns, girls’ unique needs have not been adequately prioritized in response plans and donor investments. In order to inform future programming, policy development, research, and resource mobilization, this report also provides recommendations for ways in which donors, practitioners, and other stakeholders can better identify and respond to the needs of girls in the midst of the crisis,  with holistic, rights-based, and adolescent-centered initiatives. As findings suggest, although girls are facing unprecedented challenges, a range of innovative approaches have emerged to promote their resilience Read more here.

Other related resources:

WHO - New Covid-19 Resources and Updates

Considerations for implementing and adjusting public health and social measures in the context of COVID-19 - 4 November
This document is intended for national authorities and decision-makers in countries that have introduced large scale public health and social measures. It offers guidance for adjusting public health and social measures, while managing the risk of a resurgence of cases. 
Read more here.

Critical preparedness, readiness and response actions for COVID-19 - 4 November
All countries should increase their level of preparedness, alert and response to identify, manage and care for new cases of COVID-19. Countries should prepare to respond to different public health scenarios, recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing cases and outbreaks of COVID-19. Each country should assess its risk and rapidly implement the necessary measures at the appropriate scale to reduce both COVID-19 transmission and economic, public and social impacts. Read more here.

Harmonized health service capacity assessments in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic - 2nd November
This interim guidance is an update to the earlier version published on 31 May 2020 as “Harmonized modules for health facility assessment modules in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic”. In this update, module content has been further refined and developed.
Read more here

Prevention, identification and management of health worker infection in the context of COVID-19 - 30 October
This document provides interim guidance on the prevention, identification and management of health worker infection in the context of COVID-19. It is intended for occupational health departments, infection prevention and control departments or focal points, health facility administrators and public health authorities at both the national and facility level. Read more here

Latest Covid-19 WHO and Covid-19 updates here
Latest Health Cluster Updates - here

ELRHA - Rapid research: Initial Findings and Resources from COVID-19 studies and other Updates

The COVID-19 pandemic brings new and additional challenges for researchers, innovators, and humanitarian actors at all levels. Our new COVID-19 focus area brings together our work supporting the humanitarian sector to respond to these challenges, including the latest learning and updates from our 15 rapid COVID-19 research studies.
Read more here - Latest blogs and stories form ELRHA here

World Bank - Data, Data Everywhere: New World Bank Water Data Portal

With support from the Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP), the World Bank has just launched the World Bank Water Data Portal. For the first time ever, a curated list of water data from the World Bank and other sources and institutions is now available in one place.
Practical Action/University of Valencia - Solar Powered Water Systems Course and Guidance
The course is an in-depth look at the planning, design, installation, testing, operation and maintenance of solar powered water systems. Course programme / Registration. The course is over 30 hours and is conducted in English. It is based in the book Solar Pumping for Water Supply: Harnessing solar power in humanitarian and development contexts (Practical Action Publishing, 2020).
New Country Guidance and Initiatives from National Coordination Platforms
New resources from coordination platforms this week include:
Also see the latest published Covid-19 Response plans updates here. The Global WASH Cluster is centralizing WASH/Covid-19 resources from country coordination platforms here.

We encourage all National Cluster Coordination Platforms to send their examples, guidance and tools on the WASH and Covid19 response directly to:
Upcoming Webinars and Events
Webinar/Event link Date & time (GMT+1) Organisation
Achieving sustainable WASH at scale; lessons from an NGO-led Payment by Results Programme 10 November 02h30PM CET RWSN
Learning Journey Using Human-Centered Design Tools for WASH Register by 3rd November
10 Nov - 1 Dec. 2020
Monitoring Menstrual Health & Hygiene 10 November 14h CET UNICEF
Which health services in humanitarian settings should we NOT provide during COVID-19? 11 November 14h CET Ready Initiative
WASH system strengthening in practice: experiences from WaterAid's SusWASH programme 11 November 05PM CET WaterAid
Improvements in the new harmonized particular conditions of contract for construction for the WASH sector 12 November 13h CET IHIP
Webinar UNICEF Supply Division: Faecal Sludge and Wastewater Management in Emergencies 12 November 10AM CET UNICEF
We would welcome you sending examples of COVID resources guidance documents, training initiatives, webinars generated by your partner organisation to be added to GWC Covid19 website or in the next newsletter, please send them to
Best regards

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