Hand Hygiene Market Assessment

Making basic hygiene services accessible to all people in Lesotho and Eswatini is a top priority for the governments and development partners.

School children washing hands with soap and running water


Making basic hygiene services accessible to all people in Eswatini is a top priority for the government and development partners. The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the critical role hand hygiene plays in infection prevention and control. There is a need to build on the current momentum to make hand hygiene a mainstay in public health interventions beyond the pandemic and create a culture of hand hygiene at all levels of society.

There is an urgent need to create resilient hand hygiene markets which provide facilities, consumables and services and which grow to meet incremental demand increases, affordably and sustainably. To unlock the potential of the market for hand hygiene, the UNICEF Lesotho and Eswatini Country Offices are making strides to strengthen market systems that deliver affordable products and services to those who currently lack basic hand hygiene services. The starting point to this end is an understanding of the current hand hygiene landscape in the two countries and an appreciation of what the market dynamics are, the role of public policy interventions and any opportunities that may exist to make the market more participatory.


Hand Hygiene Market Assessment
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