Handwashing is not just a question of etiquette, it can save lives. As the coronavirus sweeps through African countries Caritas Niger is ensuring parishes, communities, health centers, and schools have the means to protect themselves against the pandemic through high standards of hand hygiene.
There are challenges to keeping hands clean in a country which is mostly desert and where clean water is scarce. In addition, towns and cities are overcrowded and people migrate a lot internally and externally for work, raising the possibility of spreading infections.
By the beginning of July 2020, there were 1,081 cases of COVID-19 with 68 deaths in a population of over 22 million people in Niger.