Introducing the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub

By Joanna Esteves Mills

Hygiene Hub, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

Twitter: @jestevesmills @hygiene_hub

 

 

 

Simple hygiene practices are one of the most effective measures to reduce transmission of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and improve food safety. However, hygiene habits and policies vary greatly around the world.

Deciding how best to encourage these practices in different settings is complicated, especially in the context of a fast-evolving pandemic where time is limited and lives are at risk. It can be challenging for governments and organisations to share and access lessons learned from others, and to access the best available evidence.

These issues were the catalyst for the ‘COVID-19 Hygiene Hub’ - a new online platform partnership to support the development and execution of effective hygiene strategies against the novel coronavirus in homes, schools and healthcare facilities. The Hygiene Hub links up organisations working on hygiene promotion in response to COVID-19 to share experiences and learnings, and connects them to a panel of technical advisors drawn from across the globe.

Whether it aids timely design of evidence-based interventions, or adaptation of existing ones, the hub brings together governments, international agencies, NGOs and leading public health experts from across the world to share information and expertise.

The COVID-19 Hygiene Hub is hosted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in collaboration with leading international agencies, such as the World Health Organization, Unicef and the World Bank, and diverse academic and operational partners across the world, including the Centre for Affordable Water & Sanitation Technology (CAWST).

You can listen to our webinar - organised in partnership with the Global WASH Cluster - to provide an overview of the Hygiene Hub and discuss ways of working with our global network of partners. Listen to English, Spanish, Arabic and French recordings of the webinar and access the Q&A. Arabic will follow later this week. If you’d like to receive our weekly news bulletin, email us at support@hygienehub.info. The news bulletin offers an update on common enquiries received, new resources that have gone up on our website each week, as well as upcoming webinars.