The increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases has exacerbated the pressure on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, including in PASIs, health facilities and communities, where adequate prevention measures require greater support for WASH services.
In September, 20 members of the Cluster reported 263,850 people served in 40 municipalities in 12 states. During 2020, the sectoral response includes the contributions from 40 organizations that have assisted 2,852,550 people in 131 municipalities in 22 states.
In September, 32 health centers received support in WASH mainly for support of water quality (10), hygiene promotion (7), rehabilitation/water supply (5), waste supplies (5) and installation of handwashing stations (5). Since the beginning of the year, WASH interventions or supplies have been reported to benefit over 170 health facilities.
In September, WASH assistance reached about 100 protection or educational centers, mainly in the provision of hygiene inputs (42) and activities to ensure safe water (24) and sanitation (22).
In August, 109,915 people in 57 parishes benefited from ASH interventions, most of them in Tachira (44,450), Miranda (28,450), Bolívar (22,147), Lara (7,215), and the Capital District (6,600). This brings the total number of people in communities supported between January and September to 2,103,050 in 225 parishes, mainly in Tachira (1,264,050), Miranda (303,800), Bolívar (227,450), and Delta Amacuro (150,590).
Health facilities reports shortages in cleaning and disinfection products, as well as infectious waste disposal mechanisms. Planned activities need to be complemented to ensure complete WASH and Infection Prevention and Control packages are delivered in health facilities.
WASH needs in the PASIs have grown with the increase of returnees. However, response capacity continues to be affected by gaps in the availability of financial resources.
COVID-19 prevention and quarantine measures limit the possibilities and time frames for training as well as the implementation and distribution of inputs by organizations providing assistance. Fuel shortages affect the entire production and service supply chain and there are some NGOs with resources to provide support that still require permits of safe passage to assist in the response.