The Outbreak of the Corona Virus (COVID – 19) prompted water and sanitation utilities together with the partners to come up with the intervention measures to effectively prevent the infection and spread of the pandemic.
WSUP secured a grant for the Hygiene Behavior Change Communication (HBCC) campaign. This campaign is funded by Unilever and UK Aid. It emphasizes on building resilience for the poorest and most vulnerable urban communities in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi, Malindi, Kisumu, Nakuru and Naivasha through HBCC.
The grant is also geared towards supporting government institutions and water and sanitation utilities to enhance their response and adaptation effectiveness. The component of communication had a target reach of 5 million people (directly) and 10 million people indirectly. Of the 5 million people target reach, 3 million is the target apportioned to Nairobi
- Drive hygiene behavior change communication to reach five million people through mass media channels, utility digital media platforms and community engagements
- Leverage on existing Covid-19 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) response partnership and coordination at National, County and Utility levels,
- Build capacity of institutions and service providers to adapt to Covid-19 and sustain hygiene behavior change
- Offer in kind support personal protective equipment (PPEs), hand-washing stations, hygiene kits , soaps and sanitizers to boost ongoing response activity
- Empowerment of the targeted communities with the information on how Covid-19 infects and spreads.
- Dismantle the misinformation and fear on Covid-19 pandemic in the vulnerable communities.