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As I began writing this post, it felt hard to switch from the crisis in Ukraine to focusing on clean water charities for our March Cause of the Month. At least, that’s what I thought when I started. But I was quickly reminded how global problems and, more importantly, global solutions are interconnected. Championing one cause almost always adds to progress in other cause areas. The Ukrainian refugee crisis is also a reminder of how meeting the most basic needs like shelter and safety – many of which we take for granted – can make a huge difference for those…

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Public health advice on handwashing during the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for many living in rural communities to follow without a running water supply. Here, members of the WaterAid Bangladesh team introduce their manual of easy-to-use, context-based handwashing devices designed to overcome challenges of affordability and accessibility to include everyone. Since the onset of COVID-19 in Bangladesh, the country has been flooded with the primary public health message to ‘frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds’, following advice from the World Health Organization (WHO). In theory, handwashing with soap is an easy, effective and affordable do-it-yourself preventive measure against COVID-19. The media have played a dynamic and vital role in promoting handwashing with soap and disseminating this core preventive message across the country. The Government has also highlighted handwashing with soap in its official COVID-19 messages, although these have been crowded out by other public health advice. Almost all…