Handwashing Stations and Supplies for the COVID-19 Response

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Handwashing with soap, when done correctly, is critical in the fight against COVID-19, but 3 billion people have no ready access to a place to wash their hands with soap at home. Handwashing station designs need to be appropriate for the intended use and must consider health, design features and local procurement, as well as user experience and accessibility. The design of the tap is essential to limit cross-contamination between hand washers and, with one meter distance between users, should be given a primary consideration in the context of the COVID-19 response.

This document provides an overview of available handwashing station designs for policy makers, implementers and procurement officers. It places special importance on local manufacturing and procurement and complements existing technical and programmatic guidance on WASH and COVID-19. It was jointly developed in the context of the COVID-19 response by UNICEF’s Supply Division and Programme Division, and includes products known to be available on the market and prototypes in May 2020.

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