India COVID-19 Crisis

As a deadly second wave of COVID-19 is currently overwhelming India, we're urgently scaling up work to bring clean water, toilets and hygiene facilities to people who need it the most.

As COVID-19 cases rise, we need your help more than ever. COVID-19 is burdening healthcare services across India as the daily infection rates continue to spike. While hospitals and healthcare facilities are desperately trying to cope with the enormous pressure of people requiring care, the needs in these facilities for safe drinking water, decent toilets and good hygiene facilities require immediate attention.

With cases rising daily, many people are fleeing cities to seek safety in rural areas, causing the virus to spread even further. This threatens to overburden already stretched local healthcare facilities, with weak infrastructures, to manage such a crisis.

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Healthcare facilities urgently need clean water and adequate hygiene equipment to help prevent the further spread of the virus across the country and keep healthcare workers and patients safe alike.

WaterAid is actively responding to the crisis, by:

  • Improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene infrastructure, in at least 50 healthcare facilities in 5 of the poorest and most marginalized districts, by ensuring there is safe and reliable water supply, emergency toilets, hand-washing stations for patients and frontline staff, and water for cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Providing hygiene education through hygiene awareness campaigns across rural areas to help convey the importance of maintaining the essential COVID-19 hygiene behaviours at all times.
  • Ensuring 12,000 people in 125 habitations that are negatively impacted by water access in the dry months have improved access to water and emergency water supply. 
  • Providing financial support to waste pickers and sanitation workers in urban area to ensure they are able to purchase the necessary equipment they need to be safe (these are the people who work in the informal sanitation sector and are amongst the most vulnerable).

WaterAid has been working in India for 35 years, and our expertise lies in getting clean water and accessible toilets where they're needed most. In this case, to critical points of care so that healthcare providers and communities can both be safe.

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1 in 10

people in India do not have access to a safe source of drinking water.

We're collaborating with local partners to find the best solution for getting clean water to those who need it most in India.

Young girl washing dishes in a pond with dirty water.
WaterAid/ Ranita Roy

2 in 5

households in India lack handwashing facilities with soap and water.

Practicing good hand hygiene is essential to stop the spread of diseases, like COVID-19.

red bucket pouring water on the hands of a child.
WaterAid/ Srishti Bhardwaj

In 13 Indian states

we're working to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

WaterAid is working tirelessly to provide safe water, while promoting handwashing and hygiene, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Young girl washing her hand with WaterAid provided mask that reads "bring hope, bring water."
WaterAid/ WaterAid India

There are lots of ways to help us reach everyone, everywhere with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.