Coronavirus - Hand hygiene where there is no running tap water

830 views

  • Elisabeth
  • Elisabeth's Avatar
    Topic Author
  • I'm passionate about SuSanA's role in the WASH sector since about 2005. I'm a freelance consultant since 2012 (former roles: program manager, lecturer, process engineer for wastewater treatment plants)
  • Posts: 3026
  • Karma: 54
  • Likes received: 826

Coronavirus - Hand hygiene where there is no running tap water

This is probably obvious for anyone who deals with handwashing but I thought I would copy it across just in case anyway. It's a question and answer from HIFA ( http://www.hifa.org )

+++++++
Question by Sandeep:
Large populations across the globe have no access to running water especially in
summers. What specific hand hygiene instructions may one give for them?
There may be others who have no tap water but may be living close to a pond or
small stream. How may they be instructed?

Answer by Neil: 
'While not all settings have a continuous
water supply, tap water (ideally drinkable), is preferable for handwashing...
In settings where this is not possible, water “flowing” from a pre-filled
container with a tap [eg tippy-tap] is preferable to still-standing water in a
basin... when an alcohol-based handrub is available it should be used as the
preferred means for routine hand hygiene in health care.'
Source: WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care: a Summary (2009), p28. https://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/tools/who_guidelines-handhygiene_summary.pdf

+++++++

And I don't think handwashing directly in the pond would be ideal, rather take the water out and let the dirty water seep into the soil (if practicable).

Elisabeth
Head moderator of this Discussion Forum
(under consultancy contract with Skat Foundation funded by WSSCC)

Dr. Elisabeth von Muench
Independent consultant located in Brisbane, Australia
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Twitter: @EvMuench
Founder of WikiProject Sanitation: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Sanitation
My Wikipedia user profile: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:EMsmile
You need to login to reply
  • arno
  • arno's Avatar
  • Senior Research Fellow Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Posts: 318
  • Karma: 19
  • Likes received: 178

Re: Coronavirus - Hand hygiene where there is no running tap water

Here is an advisory from my own institute SEI regarding access to water for hygiene in the Asia region. 

Access to water and COVID-19: seven measures countries in Asia can take now.

https://www.sei.org/perspectives/access-to-clean-water-is-vital-in-the-fight-against-covid-19-here-are-seven-measures-that-countries-in-asia-can-take-now/


Regards
Arno Rosemarin PhD
Stockholm Environment Institute
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.sei.org
www.ecosanres.org
The following user(s) like this post: KJJR007
You need to login to reply
  • Zdzislaw
  • Zdzislaw's Avatar
  • Posts: 5
  • Likes received: 2

Re: Coronavirus - Hand hygiene where there is no running tap water

Where there is no running water from the tap, it is worth having a device that allows washing hands preferably without contact (starting the flow of water with foot or elbow) in a way that saves water. Such a device is CampTap, which can be seen in operation here: 




Regards
Zdzislaw Iwanejko
CEO
WaSH Innovation LLC
Krancowa 49
02-493 Warsaw, Poland
M: +48 698 625 488
www.washinnovation.com

++++++++++

Comment by moderator (EvM): further information and discussion on this product is available here on the forum:  https://forum.susana.org/23-hygiene-and-hand-washing/23925-camptap-a-simple-handwashing-device-from-wash-innovation-poland
The following user(s) like this post: christoph
You need to login to reply
  • commanderzero41
  • commanderzero41's Avatar
  • Dr. James R. Mihelcic is the Samuel L. and Julia M. Flom Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the International Development Engineering Program at the University of South Florida (Tampa). He also co-edited the sanitation technology chapters of the Global Water Pathogen Project.
  • Posts: 4
  • Karma: 1
  • Likes received: 2

Re: Coronavirus - Hand hygiene where there is no running tap water

I chatted about this with my colleague, Dr. Colleen Naughton from the University of California-Merced.  She has these comments that might assist,

Large populations across the globe have no access to running water especially in summers. What specific hand hygiene instructions may one give for them?​
Try to use utensils if possible then and not eat with hands. Try to conserve water and prioritize water use for hand hygiene particularly after defecating and before eating. You can reuse wash water from laundry for washing dishes, flushing toilets, other cleaning, and watering
plants. If you have access to handsanitizer/chlorine use that but make sure to wipe hands on a clean cloth before use. Hand sanitizer doesn't work well when hands have dirt on them.  If you also have limited access to soap, you can use sand or ash from the fire to clean your hands though you need to rinse with water. *  You can inactivate some pathogens from heat and friction rubbing your hands but soap and water is much preferable. 

There may be others who have no tap water but may be living close to a pond or small stream. How may they be instructed? As long as you use soap, you should be fine to use pond or small stream water.  Don't wash your hands in the water source but fetch it separately. Filter it at least through a cloth if you can (even before hand washing) or a sand/clay/activated carbon filter. Treating with chlorine is also recommended.  


++++++++++
* Note by moderator (EvM): Discussion posts about handwashing with ash are available here:  https://forum.susana.org/23-hygiene-and-hand-washing/14741-is-handwashing-with-ash-safe  (added by moderator EvM)
The following user(s) like this post: Elisabeth
You need to login to reply
  • Klawitter
  • Klawitter's Avatar
  • Posts: 3
  • Likes received: 1

Re: FW: Handwashing in water-stressed countries WG: [rwsn_e-discussions] Summary for 4/15/2020

Note by moderator: Simone first posted this information as part of the RWSN e-Discussion on 15 April 2020 in response to the question if handwashing with ash can be sufficient to kill the virus or not.

+++++

Dear all,
I am highly recommending the following webinar on handwashing which also
touches upon handwashing with ash in times soap/water is not sufficiently
available. On short: yes, better than no action but we don't know (yet) its
efficiency in relation to COVID-19.

It comes as one of the WASH EM COVID-19 resources developed by the London
School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
https://vimeo.com/403091247

There is also a 2015 Susana discussion thread available on the same.
https://forum.susana.org/23-hygiene-and-hand-washing/14741-is-handwashing-with-ash-safe

On a broader note, I am attaching a quite useful product of the handwashing
think-tank with several good field examples on BCC; including one of my
favourites: the puppet show. ☺
https://globalhandwashing.org/2018-handwashing-behavior-change-think-tank/

Kind regards,
Simone
You need to login to reply
Recently active users. Who else has been active?
Time to create page: 0.239 seconds