The key role of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion in the response to Covid-19 in Brazil

Policy Brief Published: September 2020

In order to support well designed water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) responses contributing to COVID-19 containment, this note provides an overview of measures taken at the federal and state levels in Brazil. It identifies both the strengths and the response gaps. Frequent and proper handwashing with soap is one of the key measures for COVID-19 infection prevention and control. This implies that continued access to and quality of WASH services must be ensured at household level, health care facilities, schools, and in other public spaces. This requires coordinated actions by key stakeholders, namely: policy makers, regulators, utilities, private
sector, United Nations (UN) agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and communities.