On April 21, 2021, International Water Assessment Center (IWAC) participated in the fourth webinar “Universal Access to hand hygiene: How to make it reality?", organized within the framework of UNECE and WHO Protocol on Water and Health, and the WHO and UNICEF “Hand Hygiene for All” initiative.

The "Hand Hygiene for All" initiative was launched by WHO and UNICEF with the aim of achieving sustainable improvements in the provision of safe and high-quality health care to the population of countries.

It is widely known that hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of diseases, including the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, the main purpose of the workshop was to discuss ways to achieve universal hand hygiene, especially in public places, as well as the increasing role of the Protocol on Water and Health in supporting this initiative in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The participants also shared their countries’ experiences in adopting strategies and practical measures to improve public access to hand-washing products with soap and water in all settings. For example, representatives of Kyrgyzstan presented the regulatory framework governing hand hygiene in public places, educational institutions and private enterprises in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, participants were provided with more detailed information on the WHO global campaign “Save Lives: Wash Your Hands", launched in 2009 and annually celebrated Hand Hygiene Day (May 5), which aims to support the global promotion of hand hygiene in public health around the world.

The event was held online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar was attended by representatives of government authorities of interested countries, representatives of WHO, UNECE and UNICEF, as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations, etc.