Organizations working at the front lines in low- and middle-income countries need good information about the role of hygiene in preventing spread of the new coronavirus.
They need to know the latest science and what practices have yielded benefits elsewhere. Occasionally, they also need an expert ear to provide technical guidance, a helpline of sorts for those making life and death decisions.
Academics, nonprofits, and aid agencies have come together to provide that resource, called Hygiene Hub.
Questions are directed to a team of researchers and practitioners, who are developing guidance for local officials. An interactive map shows on-the-ground actions in dozens of countries.
The hub is housed at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Partners include the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology and Wash’Em.