Humanitarian Response: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
In August 408,230 individuals received various WASH services including COVID-19 prevention activities implemented by seven WASH partners (H4BF, Plan International, NRC, SUDAHSER, CHAMEG, and EPDA and COMINSUD supported by UNICEF) in the NWSW. The total number of individuals reached in August was 72.55 percent of the number of people reached in July 2020. Lockdowns, harvest season and heavy rains affected effective implementation of some of the WASH activities like hygiene promotion and sensitization on COVID-19.
In terms of COVID-19 prevention, 200 handwashing stations were installed in strategic public areas like markets and bus stations in seven locations of Bamenda. More than 10,000 individuals are expected to benefit from the installed handwashing stations. The harvest season has caused the community to reduce attendance at hygiene promotion and sensitization sessions. To address this constraint, sensitization sessions are carried out very early in the morning. The first physical WASH cluster meetings since the outbreak of COVID-19 was held in the SW and NW regions on 20 and 27 August, respectively.