43 percent of schools around the world do not have the option to wash their hands with soap and water, according to a study. This is one of the most important prerequisites for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to contain the spread of the new coronavirus before the start of the new school year.
The report estimates that 818 million children – two-thirds in sub-Saharan Africa – do not have these basic hygiene measures. Of these, 462 million have no access to toilets or water, while 355 million have water but no soap, a key element in cleaning.
The United Nations has warned that in the 60 countries most at risk for health and humanitarian reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, three out of four children cannot wash their hands and more than half do not have a basic sanitation network. A total of 698 million children do not have sanitation services in the place where they study.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore has warned that closing schools due to the pandemic has been “an unprecedented challenge” to both the education and well-being of millions of children, which is why she has called for work to make it “safe.” “is to reopen the schools and they are equipped with adequate hygiene measures.