Like much of the world, Nicaragua is dealing 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 spreads, 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.
How is COVID-19 affecting the people of Nicaragua?
A lack of testing in Nicaragua may underestimate the toll of COVID-19 with a handful of confirmed cases and one death reported since 19 March. Social distancing is not currently being practised.
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.