Water for South Sudan’s (WFSS) local, sustainable work is changing lives, one well at a time. Every day, we see firsthand how access to essential clean water, hygiene, and sanitation impacts entire communities. But we never dreamed that the need would be made even more critical in the face of a global pandemic.
Last March the COVID-19 virus reached South Sudan. Amidst so much uncertainty as to how it was spreading, our teams were forced to end their well-drilling operations early. We had to pivot and re-focus, quickly transitioning to delivering emergency hygiene awareness and COVID prevention education to the people we serve.
Sanitation, hygiene, and adequate access to clean water are critical for preventing and containing diseases. Hand hygiene saves lives. According to the World Health Organization, handwashing is one of the most effective actions you can take to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including the COVID-19 virus. Yet two out of five people do not have a basic hand-washing facility with soap and water.
Our local teams went out into rural communities, including remote health clinics to share vital health information – and helped turn it into lifesaving action.