Entries by Circle Blue

Kenyan Youth-led Groups Take Lead on Covid-19 Prevention

Youth-led organizations in Kenya are working to stop the spread of Covid-19 in informal settlements by building handwashing stations, according to UN-Habitat. With support from UN-Habitat and other government, non-profit, and private partners, there have been an estimated 1.5 million hands washed since the work began 5 months ago. The “One Stop Centers” started with […]

WHO, UNICEF Report Highlights Need for WASH as Schools Reopen

The World Health Organization released a report this week emphasizing the need for hygiene, sanitation, and handwashing facilities in schools around the world. As children head back to the classroom this fall, access to these WASH services is an important step for children’s safety. The report, published in collaboration with UNICEF, highlighted that 43 percent […]

Lack of Clean Water, Services Endanger Inmates in Nicaragua

Prisons in Nicaragua are massive spreading grounds for Covid-19, according to Amnesty International. While the Ortega administration downplays the pandemic, a lack of safe drinking water and medical services, along with constant overcrowding, have endangered the lives of inmates across the country, the nonprofit group says. The Jorge Navarro prison complex or “El Modelo,” the […]

UNDP Begins Soap-Making Training in Yemen

The United Nations Development Program is training people in Yemen to make soap, in an attempt to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country. The program, funded by the EU, Sida, and the UNDP rapid response facility, helps small, home-based enterprises produce soap. Once the training is completed, each participant is granted $600 to […]

CDC Remediates Buildings After Legionella Bacteria Found

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shut down several buildings it leases in Atlanta due to the detection of Legionella bacteria in the water systems. Legionnaires’ disease, a respiratory illness similar to pneumonia, is contracted by inhaling airborne water droplets contaminated with the bacteria. Stagnant water in unused plumbing systems can incubate the […]

Government Neglect Hurts Hungarian Healthcare When It Is Most Needed

Government neglect has led to a healthcare system in Hungary that is critically unprepared to handle the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Human Rights Watch. The international organization’s investigation found inadequate conditions and a lack of necessary supplies and equipment. There is little soap, sanitizer, and proper cleaning throughout hospitals and health centers, and a lack […]

UN Project Focuses on Women’s Hygiene in Bangladesh

Two United Nations agencies are supporting a project that aims to provide women in Bangladesh with sanitary care and reproductive health supplies. The program will cover 12 city corporations and 24 municipalities. The supplies, referred to as “Dignity First” kits, consist of 17 essential hygiene products, including soap, sanitary napkins, and undergarments. The kits have […]