Rapid assessment on the continuation of basic WASH services during COVID-19 in India (2021)

To understand the on-ground situation of WASH practices and services in the country, UNICEF and WaterAid undertook a rapid assessment across 10 states and 30 districts of India.

Anita is happy to have a toilet constructed in her house in a very remote location. This saves her from many problems of open defacation. She practices good hand washing always after using toilets. Location : Damor Fala, Bawali, Rajasthan, India
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Highlights

COVID-19 impacted countries across the globe to varying degrees. In India, the pandemic led to the government imposing a nationwide lockdown starting on 24 March 2020, during which almost all activities came to a standstill for the subsequent months. During the pandemic, it became very clear early on that COVID-19 was not just a health crisis that could be conclusively dealt with by only healthcare professionals. So in the wake of this realization, WASH practices and services emerged as the primary forces to manage the pandemic.  

To understand the on-ground situation of WASH practices and services in the country, UNICEF and WaterAid undertook a rapid assessment across 10 states and 30 districts of India. This assessment aimed to understand the impact of COVID-19 on basic WASH services, including access to drinking water, toilets, and hygiene practices. The assessment was conducted between the months of December 2020 and February 2021.  

Download the report to know some key findings around the access and usage of toilets.

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