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World leaders’ Call to Action on COVID-19

May 14, 2020

Dr Tedros, WHO DG, commits.



Heads of State, Government, and leaders from United Nations agencies, including WHO’s Director-General, International Financial Institutions, civil society, private sector and research and learning are mobilizing around a call for the prioritization of water, sanitation and hygiene in the response to COVID-19.

Until there is a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, there is no better cure than prevention. Water, sanitation and hand hygiene, together with physical distancing, are central to preventing the spread of COVID-19, and a first line of defence against this serious threat to lives and health systems. The response plans – at national, regional and global levels – must therefore prioritize water, sanitation and hygiene services.

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