In the face of the COVID-19 threat, we are scaling our efforts to improve handwashing and hygiene in every country where we work. Good hygiene promotion is one of the most effective ways to improve global health. That’s why we support hygiene education programmes across all our projects.

Student education

Train students in good hygiene practices, especially handwashing, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Handwashing Station

A handwashing station in a school, health clinic or community dramatically reduces the spread of disease.


Health workers

Provide hygiene training to frontline health workers to help them protect themselves and their patients.

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, millions do not have access to soap and water for handwashing.

It’s simple but true: having clean water at clinics like this one in Tanzania saves lives, helping babies make it through their first five years and giving new mums the best chance of survival.

It’s simple, but true: having clean water close by, and at clinics like this one in Tanzania, saves lives. It helps babies make it through their vulnerable first five years, gives new mums the best chance of survival and gives everyone a fighting chance of avoiding waterborne diseases.


Our local staff build clean water infrastructure, composting toilets and handwashing stations using local materials.


Student-led hygiene clubs use fun and culturally relevant activities to teach children and their families good hygiene techniques.


Our staff train community members to monitor and maintain water facilities so the services work for the long term.

What we’re doing

We’re working fast, across 39 countries, to install handwashing facilities where they’re needed most; to provide the essentials so people can wash their hands thoroughly; and to share the simple but vital steps we must all take to keep each other safe and halt the spread of coronavirus.


installing handwashing stations


protecting the most vulnerable people


promoting hygiene best practice


campaigning for governments and donors to prioritise getting water and hygiene to everyone.

Our Children to stay safe, see how

Keep your little ones entertained at home with our free, fun and educational activities for childre.There are lots of places in the world where people don’t have running water and porcelain sinks like us. But there are still ways to get the clean water they need to wash their hands! One of them is by making a tippy tap – a simple structure that can hold and pour out water from a container


Use a brush to paint oil all over your child’s hands. Ask them to wash their hands with cold water only for 30 seconds


Cover your child’s hands in oil again, but this time get them to wash it off with warm water only for 30 seconds. Again, ask them to rate how clean their hands are, then dry them