Water for handwashing critical to prevent COVID-19 spreading

Regular handwashing with soap and running water is recommended by the World Health Organization as one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However it is difficult to put this into practice (handwashing) due to insufficient water supply in slums. Water points, when available, are sufficient in certain locations and are even harder to access when there are restrictions on Read More…

What are Corona Viruses?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause illness in humans and others cause illness in animals, such as bats, camels, and civets. Human coronaviruses generally cause mild illness, such as the common cold. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve to infect and spread among humans, causing severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which emergedRead More…

Protecting against Corona Virus (COVID-19)

How can I protect myself / my family? The best way to protect yourself is the same as you would against any respiratory infection. Practice good hygiene by: making sure to clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow avoid close contact with anyoRead More…

Social distancing Corona Virus (COVID-19)

What is social distancing? Social distancing means we reduce the number of close physical and social contacts we have with one another. When social distancing actions are combined with good personal hygiene measures the spread of a pandemic through the community can be slowed. This helps protect the most vulnerable members of the community and reduces the impact of the pandemic on essential, lRead More…

How Corona Virus (COVID-19) Spreads

An aerosol is a tiny air particle, thinner even than the diameter of a strand of hair. And when an aerosol contains viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19, it can be a deadly carrier at the center of a dangerous outbreak. The findings of the study are crucial for understanding the hidden transmission of the virus, through aerosols in the air and on objects, and researchers nRead More…

Home Isolation of Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Do I need to be separate from other people in my home if I am isolating? Yes. If you are sharing your home with others, you should stay in a different room from other people or be separated as much as possible. Wear a surgical mask when you are in the same room as another person, and when seeking medical care. Use a separate bathroom, if available. Make sure that you do not share a room with pRead More…

What is a pandemic?

A pandemic is an epidemic (infectious disease outbreak) that spreads on a global scale. Pandemics usually occur when a new infectious disease emerges that can spread rapidly around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020. This COVID-19 pandemic is the first caused by a coronavirus. (WHO) What causes pandemics? A pandemic canRead More…

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools

Disease prevention Diseases related to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene are a huge burden in developing countries. It is estimated that 88% of diarrhoeal disease is caused by unsafe water supply, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene (WHO, 2004c). Many schools serve communities that have a high prevalence of diseases related to inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene (particulRead More…

Waste Management Methods

Waste management is the process of treating solid wastes and offers variety of solutions for recycling items that don’t belong to trash. It is about how garbage can be used as a valuable resource. Waste management is something that each and every household and business owner in the world needs. Waste management disposes of the products and substances that you have use in a safe and efficient Read More…

How to Dispose of Garbage Properly

Garbage decomposes at wildly different rates. For instance, a banana peel takes about a month, while rubber takes about 70 years and a plastic holder can take 500 years. Landfills are dirty, smelly eyesores that are quickly becoming overcrowded and releasing methane gas into the atmosphere, while incineration releases carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the air. With the proper disposal methoRead More…