Although the number of positive COVID-19 cases stabilized in October, pressure on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services has increased, both at PASIs and health facilities and in communities, where prevention measures require greater support from WASH services.
In October, 17 members of the Cluster reported having assisted 492,685 people in 65 municipalities in 17 states of the country. During 2020, through the sectoral response, contributions were made to 41 organizations that have assisted 3,231,605 people in 136 municipalities in 22 states of the country with some kind of WASH intervention.
In the month of October, 111 healthcare centers received WASH support, including 23 new facilities, mainly through the provision of hygiene supplies (79), safe waste management (20), activities to ensure safe water (33) and the installation of hand hygiene points (8). Since the beginning of the year, WASH interventions have benefited more than 242 healthcare facilities.
In October, WASH assistance also reached 239 educational centers and 46 protection centers (285 in total), mostly through the provision of hygiene supplies (203 and 31, respectively) and activities to ensure safe water (34 and 10).
Regarding support to communities, a total of 244,485 people in 86 parishes in 13 states have benefited from WASH interventions, most of them in Bolivar (136,630), Miranda (33,855), Tachira (30,025) and Zulia (25,100). This brings the total number of people assisted in communities between January and October to 2,312,520 in 227 parishes in 22 states, mostly in Tachira (1,277,350), Bolivar (359,425), Miranda (326,305), Delta Amacuro (151,077), and Zulia (97,110).
In health facilities, there have been reports of insufficient cleaning/disinfection products and infectious waste disposal mechanisms. It is necessary to complement planned activities to ensure complete WASH/IPC packages and increase coverage.
WASH needs in temporary shelters (PASI) remain significant and limited by the insufficient availability of funds.
COVID-19 prevention and quarantine measures limit the possibilities and timelines for training, implementation and distribution of supplies. Lack of access to fuel affects the entire production and service supply chain.