Past Event

Sanitation, hygiene and the new normal

31 August 2021 11:00–12:30


The Sanitation Learning Hub and UNICEF are hosting a webinar series looking at ways programmes have overcome unforeseen challenges to continue to improve access to sanitation during and after the pandemic.

The webinar series aims to provide practical ideas for the sector to progress towards SDG 6.2 in a changing world. Speakers will present practical examples of initiatives which have continued pursuing long-term sanitation and hygiene objectives during the pandemic, and will discuss successes, setbacks and adaptations.

We will also reflect on the longer-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on how we plan, implement and monitor sanitation programming.

This webinar on 31st August focuses on how sanitation and hygiene programmes have adapted to respond to the new needs and constraints of the pandemic. While some of these changes will be temporary, some are here to stay: hence the “new normal”. The webinar aims to flesh out changes in sanitation and hygiene approaches that have a potential to become part of future programming, as they can help towards longer-term goals and priorities beyond the pandemic.

  • The Covid-19 Hygiene Hub / LSHTM provide a brief overview of evidence on the links between sanitation and Covid-19 infection pathways, with an emphasis on aspects that sanitation programmes may need to integrate in a post-pandemic future.
  • UNICEF Mozambique discuss their experience of testing and scaling up adaptations of the CLTS approach (particularly the “triggering” phase) to foster continuity of ODF programmes during pandemic-related community gathering restrictions. These adaptations were documented in a Covid-19 triggering package, part of which is likely to inform post-pandemic sanitation programming.
  • One Drop in Guatemala describe their work with isolated indigenous communities, and the role of well-established local networks of stakeholders to promote sanitation continuity during the pandemic. Taking stock of the challenges of hard-to-reach communities, they share the thinking this generates to inform future sanitation programmes.
  • PSI in India discuss the use of tele-counselling to stay in touch with rural communities and monitor their uptake of sanitation during lockdown periods. They talk about the adoption of this model by State authorities and reflect on how blending face-to-face interactions with remote follow-up may become part of regular sanitation promotion.

Practical details

The webinars will take place on 17 and 31 August 2021, at 11am UK time. The webinars will be in English.

You can find out more about the first webinar on 17 August here.

Click here to register for the webinars on Zoom

Webinar recordings will be made available on our YouTube channel shortly afterwards.

Each webinar (90 minutes) starts with a short introduction of the series and the hosts, followed by three or four 10-minute presentations with facilitated questions and answers. The second part of the webinar, building on the key aspects emerging from the presentations and the Q&A, encourages the speakers to reflect and elaborate more broadly on how their experiences link up to the webinar main theme, and on transferable learnings and implications in the short and long terms.

Key contacts

Gian Melloni

Research Officer


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