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News | 18 June 2020

Cross-sectoral collaboration for long-term WASH solutions

In the fight against the spread of Covid-19, handwashing remains essential. But how does that play out in regions where there is little or no access to clean water? “Covid-19 has made the importance of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) painfully visible,” says Patricia Vermeulen, CEO of Amref Flying Doctors, member of the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP). “It shows, once again, that governments, the private sector and NGOs like us need to continue working together on sustainable, long-term solutions. Businesses can play an important role in this joint effort. We already have some innovative business collaboration programmes for WASH in place, but we are always looking for new entrepreneurial cooperation models. And I hope that NWP will keep on connecting us to new business partners, especially those whom we do not usually meet.”

Amref. Distributing free face masks.