COVID-19 Pandemic: Strategy for Infection Prevention and

Control (IPC)

Strategy for Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) of Coronavirus Relevant to Water, Sanitation and Health Care Solid Waste Service Providers

Project start: Mar 2020
Project completion: Apr 2020
Sectors: Water Resources
Project location: Liberia

Liberia has been at peace for nearly two decades, but the country remains among the world’s poorest and the majority of it’s people live below the poverty line, with large sections of the population dangerously exposed to unsafe water and sanitation, with common diseases related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The Ebola outbreak of 2013-14 highlighted this vulnerability, but also instilled within Liberian society and institutions the knowledge and resilience to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC) is responsible for water supply and sanitation services in urban areas, and is one of the key institutions at the frontline to tackle the pandemic in Liberia.

Technical Assistance to the water corporation and preparation of a strategy to help guide the planning of IPC measures to tackle the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in Liberia, with particular relevance to LWSC operations in water supply, sewerage, sanitation and sewage treatment; it also covered the safe collection and disposal of solid wastes, particularly for health care situations. The Response Strategy incorporated measures including: • Hand hygiene • Cleaning and disinfection • Safe management of wastewater and faecal waste • Safe management of health care waste • Keeping water supplies safe o Water sources o Water treatment o Treatment and safe storage at home • Coordination and planning.

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