Like much of the world, Nicaragua is continuing to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Americas and more than 1 million people lack access to clean water. As the virus continues to spread, our work has never been more relevant.
What is WaterAid doing in Nicaragua stop the spread of COVID-19?
In response to COVID-19 in Nicaragua, we are:
- Installing public handwashing stations, prioritising already vulnerable indigenous populations and reaching as many as 8,500 people daily in healthcare facilities and public gathering points such as transit hubs and farmers' markets.
- Developing communications messages to reach as many as 186,000 people in both urban and rural areas with key hygiene messages in their mother tongue.
- In order to continue project work during COVID-19, WaterAid Nicaragua is providing handwashing facilities and personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers during the construction of rainwater catchments systems and toilets. Temperatures are checked daily at work sites and all equipment is regularly disinfected.
How is COVID-19 affecting the people of Nicaragua?
The healthcare system and public transit are key places where people gather and they are poorly equipped to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There is a lack of handwashing facilities with soap and water, and also a lack of awareness about how proper and frequent handwashing is key to protecting the population.