The National Food and Nutrition Commission in partnership with USAID Scaling up Nutrition Learning and Evaluation has called for improved access to hygiene services by the most vulnerable Zambians to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a recent baseline survey, SUN LE revealed that vulnerable communities without access to water and sanitation, soap and nutrition are associated with increased risks of contracting COVID-19. With only 39% of Zambia’s population having access to safe and clean water, the Commission and SUN LE have recommended that government and other stakeholders should facilitate the provision of safe and clean water and the promotion of home-based water treatment among others.
SUN LE Learning and Evaluation Project, Chief of Party, Mathews Onyango says the COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented in its scale and spread in Zambia and fast action on promoting hygiene and good nutrition now can drastically reduce its impact.
Musonda Mofu, the Acting Executive Directorfor the National Food and Nutrition Commission also added that a well-nourished body has a better defense mechanism against diseases.