WHO Report Reveals Lack of Sanitation in Schools Before Covid-19

The latest data from the World Health Organisation/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme has found that two in five schools around the world lacked adequate handwashing facilities prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, depriving 818 million children of adequate sanitation. "Global school closures since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic have presented an unprecedented challenge to children's education and wellbeing," said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. "We must prioritize children's learning. This means making sure that schools are safe to reopen - including with access to hand hygiene, clean drinking water and safe sanitation."

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Students wash their hands (file photo).

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