For updates on National Societies’ activities related to COVID-19 and WASH, visit the Regional RoundUp.
Red Cross Red Crescent COVID-19 WASH Frequency Asked Questions (FAQs) are being developed based on questions from Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers and responses are developed using the latest guidance available.
Refer also the COVID-19 Health Help Desk for Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, featuring a Frequently Asked Questions database, guidelines related to health & care, and webinars on COVID-19 health topics. It also provides timely response to queries from National Societies in different languages.
Guidelines and tools
Red Cross Red Crescent Guidelines and tools
Key WASH-specific COVID-19-related Resources
Key Overall WASH Resources
Sphere: WASH & the Coronavirus – The document outlines the underlying principles and the importance of community engagement, as well as a detailed review of the relevant technical guidance in the WASH and Health chapters. A webinar (2 April 2020) on Operationalizing standards: Sphere and the COVID-19 response in camp settings is available here.
Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Waste Management for COVID-19 Technical Brief. WHO; UNICEF, last update: 23 April 2020. This Technical Brief summarizes the latest evidence on persistence of the COVID-19 virus in drinking-water, sewage and surfaces and highlights key elements of existing WHO guidance on water, sanitation and health care waste which is relevant for viruses (including coronaviruses). It focuses largely on health care and community settings. Also available in French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.
HygieneHub – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has launched a free service to help actors in low- and middle-income countries rapidly share, design, and adapt evidence-based hygiene interventions to combat coronavirus.
WHO’s updated Operational Guidelines for COVID-19 Response highlight WASH service providers as performing critical functions that must continue during a widespread outbreak of COVID-19. Enabling Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures in health facilities and communities is dependent on access to safely managed WASH, particularly for vulnerable communities and those populations affected by humanitarian crisis.
The Global WASH Cluster has published an advocacy report, with support of ICRC and others: COVID-19 and WASH: Mitigating the socio-economic impacts on the WASH sector. The report calls for immediate action to enable equitable access to WASH commodities and services for all to avoid detrimental impact of the pandemic in the sector. Also available in Arabic, French, and Spanish.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
ICRC COVID-19 Recommended PPE for WASH Activities – March 2020 (English)
Community Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA)
Solid Waste Management
IFRC Distribution Protocol
External Guidelines and tools
Infection Prevention & Control (IPC)/ WASH
Menstrual Hygiene Management
Red Cross Red Crescent Learning resources
IFRC COVID-19 General Training Resources
On the IFRC Learning platform, you will find a playlist on COVID-19 which includes 2 key courses one for the general public and one for responders, and the links for these are below:
Introduction to Market Based Programming in Emergency WASH by GWC,PRO-WASH, CaLP. This webinar introduces how market-based programming can be used in emergency WASH, provides an overview of different approaches including cash and voucher assistance, and strategies to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recordings and presentations are available in English, Spanish, and French. The webinar was held in Arabic on 1 June 2020.
In addition to highlighted WASH and COVID-19 webinars, refer to the Global WASH Cluster for upcoming webinars and to access recordings of past webinars.
External Learning resources
WHO ePROTECT Respiratory Infections
This course provides a general introduction to Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs) and basic hygiene measures to protect against infection. Available in AR, Bahasa Indonesia, EN, FR, PT, RU, SP, ZH.
TEPHINET Risk Communication Training (EN)
This course aims to guide those who communicate on behalf of their organization during an emergency with risk communication principles and best practices. Most relevant for programme staff and those who work with CEA.
Advocacy and communication materials
Red Cross Red Crescent Advocacy and communication materials
Information Education Communication (IEC) Resources for WASH and COVID-19
Red Cross Red Crescent IEC material templates can be accessed here.
SARC WatHab Poster COVID 19 virus – Outdoor Measures (Arabic)
SARC WatHab Poster COVID 19 virus – Handwashing (Arabic)
SARC WatHab Poster – COVID 19 – Public General Measures (Arabic)