Handwashing Compendium for Low Resource Settings: A Living Document

Frequent and proper handwashing with soap is vital to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In response, we have developed this Handwashing Compendium for Low Resource Settings.

Bringing existing information from different organisations into one place, the compendium provides guidance, local examples of and further resources on accessible low-cost handwashing facilities, environmental cues and physically distanced hygiene promotion.

The compendium is a living document which will be updated regularly as more examples and good practice emerge. It has been developed and disseminated quickly so immediate, relevant and timely actions can be taken. This version is the second edition. This updated version includes new sections on:

  • Drainage
  • Taps, pumps and water dispensers for handwashing
  • New handwashing technologies: foot-operated bucket/container with taps, the Jengu handwashing facility and Oxfam handwashing stand
  • Several new local examples of handwashing facilities
  • Examples of community engagement processes designed to promote handwashing   

Please share feedback and contributions via email ([email protected]) or Twitter (@SanLearningHub). We are interested to hear how the compendium is being used as well as feedback and inputs to improve it. For those with limited internet access, individual sections of the compendium can also be sent upon request. French, Portuguese and Arabic translations of the compendium will be published shortly on the ‘Download’ link.

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