Global Handwashing Day: How Bhopal’s Decentralised Water Access Is Providing Adequate Handwashing Infrastructure During COVID-19 Pandemic

Global Handwashing Day: How Bhopal’s Decentralised Water Access Is Providing Adequate Handwashing Infrastructure During COVID-19 Pandemic

Slum dwellers have inadequate facilities for water, sanitation, and hygiene; while we say frequent hand washing is the biggest weapon against COVID-19, here’s how WaterAid India and Aarambh NGO helped them access hand washing infrastructure
Global Handwashing Day: How Bhopal’s Decentralised Water Access Is Providing Adequate Handwashing Infrastructure During COVID-19 PandemicHand washing with soap is a cost-effective public health intervention: WaterAid India
Highlights
  • Handwashing is a challenge for slum dwellers who face water scarcity
  • WaterAid India, Aarambh set up decentralised water system in Bhopal slums
  • The system enables slum dwellers to have access to hand washing infrastruce

New Delhi: Access to clean water is essential for inculcating and sustaining handwashing practices, which have assumed importance as key method to prevent COVID-19. NGO Aarambh WaterAid India has set up a decentralised water distribution system 15 slums in Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal. In these 15 intervention slums for regular water requirements, around 73 households are dependent on one borewell, whereas 746 households from four intervention slums are dependent on water supplied by tankers. It is a normal site to witness crowding, long queues, and quarrels among the slum dwellers near community water points. On the arrival of the tanker, riot-like situations breakout where every resident tries to get their share before the water finishes, shares the spokesperson from WaterAid India. In such conditions, maintaining physical distancing is a luxury for the slum dwellers. In fact, it can be a potential threat to the spread of coronavirus, apart from the struggle to access water, for frequent handwashing and hygiene upkeep.

Global Handwashing Day: How Bhopal’s Decentralised Water Access Is Providing Adequate Handwashing Infrastructure During COVID-19 Pandemic
In these slums, on the arrival of the tanker, riot-like situations are created wherein every resident tries to get their share before the water finishes, shared the spokesperson from WaterAid India

To help combat the situation, WaterAid India and Aarambh, a Bhopal-based NGO, have demonstrated a decentralised water distribution system. The spokesperson from WaterAid India explained,

Under this system, multiple water points have been provided to the community from the borewell. This has reduced the dependency rate to approximately four households per water point. This system has not only facilitated proper physical distancing between the residents but has also helped in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Aarambh has demonstrated ten such models in eight intervention slums. The conditions in these slums are now far better than other slums. With the water supply, we have been urging the population to frequently wash hands and save lives – of themselves and their community members’.

In Anandpura, a slum situated in ward 62 of Bhopal city, the decentralised water distribution system has been established and is maintained by the women’s group of the slum. Abida Bi, the president of women’s committee proudly claimed,

We have succeeded in preventing the spread of the coronavirus in our slum by sealing the entry and exit points. We are not allowing any one to go out of the slum or to gather in one place. Earlier, water was a big issue, for which we had to go to the borewell and wait for our turn. If that situation had still existed, then perhaps we would not have been able to stop the spread of the virus in our slum.

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Stating that now they had enough water for their needs, Sayra Khan of the same slum said that they were now able to frequently wash their hands, carefully sanitise their groceries and maintain proper hygiene.

In the 100 Quarter slum of ward 63, one stand-post is being used by around four families. When the lockdown was enforced, they went a step further to safely fulfil their water requirement. Households using water from the same stand-post jointly arranged a plastic pipe and each household takes turns to bring water to their home through that pipe.

Hakki Bai, one of the residents of the slum, says,

The surroundings of the borewell from where we fetched water are very unhygienic. But now we have ease in accessing water, which helps us in maintaining proper hygiene and we can wash our hands whenever we want!

In the Nehru Nagar slum of ward 63, the whole community has been covered under the decentralised water distribution system through 33 stand-posts with 66 taps.

Global Handwashing Day: How Bhopal’s Decentralised Water Access Is Providing Adequate Handwashing Infrastructure During COVID-19 Pandemic
In Bhopal’s Nehru Nagar slum, the whole community has been covered under the decentralised water distribution system through 33 stand-posts with 66 taps

The case was a little different in this slum which has encountered four cases of coronavirus in three households. The first infected person was a girl who had visited relatives in Ahmedabad. The other cases were from adjacent houses.

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Farhat Khan, a member of the women’s group says,

The infection spread only to those three houses because they were fetching water from the same stand-post. If all of us had been gathering at the same borewell as we used to earlier, it is possible that this virus would not have spared a single house in the slum.

The decentralised water distribution system has also been implemented in Baskhedi slum of ward 83, but in a different way. Here, the entire community is dependent on tankers for their water supply. When the tanker arrives, people forget all about physical distancing; the only thing that stays in their mind is to get the water before it finishes.

After WaterAid India and Aarambh’s intervention, now, two taps linked to a storage tank have been installed. The tanker fills the storage tank and people fill their water from the taps. Women’s group members monitor the system and ensure that everyone gets sufficient water while maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

The decentralised water distribution system has helped slum communities combat this crisis situation across Bhopal. Access to handwashing infrastructure, along with the establishment of a proper water system, has facilitated the management of fear and the coronavirus.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene.  

World

4,29,71,161Cases
1,28,60,263Active
2,89,57,428Recovered
11,53,470Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 189 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 4,29,71,161 and 11,53,470 have died; 1,28,60,263 are active cases and 2,89,57,428 have recovered as on October 26, 2020 at 3:48 am.

India

79,09,959 45148Cases
6,53,717 -14437Active
71,37,228 59105Recovered
1,19,014 480Deaths
In India, there are 79,09,959 confirmed cases including 1,19,014 deaths. The number of active cases is 6,53,717 and 71,37,228 have recovered as on October 26, 2020 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Mumbai45,478
Thane13,660
Pune9,920
Mumbai Suburban5,363
Aurangabad1,974
Nashik1,575
Raigad1,462
Palghar1,421
Solapur1,291
Jalgaon1,039
Akola757
Nagpur692
Kolhapur646
Satara629
Ratnagiri350
Amravati291
Dhule228
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Ahmednagar190
Nanded176
Yavatmal150
Sangli145
Latur139
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Buldhana88
Parbhani78
gondia69
Beed54
Nandurbar42
Gadchiroli42
Bhandara41
Chandrapur32
Washim13
Wardha11

16,45,020 6,059

1,41,001 299

14,60,755 5,648

43,264 112

DistrictCases
Kurnool795
Krishna557
Guntur511
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Chittoor319
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Y.S.R.205
West Godavari199
Srikakulam183
Prakasam104
Visakhapatnam103
Vizianagaram23

8,07,023 2,997

30,860 609

7,69,576 3,585

6,587 21

DistrictCases
Udupi1,176
Kalaburagi669
Yadgir538
Bengaluru Urban529
Raichur369
Mandya346
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Hassan205
Davangere204
Vijayapura201
Dakshina Kannada179
Chikkaballapura149
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Uttara Kannada95
Shivamogga67
Dharwad61
Ballari60
Gadag45
Bengaluru Rural40
Tumakuru36
Kolar29
Haveri24
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Koppal5
Kodagu4
Ramanagara3
Chamarajanagara0

8,02,817 4,439

81,069 5,699

7,10,843 10,106

10,905 32

DistrictCases
Chennai23,324
Chengalpattu1,314
Thiruvallur774
Villupuram509
Kanchipuram503
Tiruvannamalai496
Cuddalore477
Ariyalur444
Tirunelveli433
Tuticorin333
Kallakurichi324
Madurai322
Salem258
Coimbatore188
Virudhunagar185
Dindigul175
Perambalur133
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Ramanathapuram119
Tiruppur116
Kanniyakumari110
Tenkasi103
Nagapattinam99
Karur88
Namakkal83
Erode75
Vellore71
Thiruvarur67
Pudukkottai53
Sivaganga46
Tirupathur45
Krishnagiri43
The Nilgiris17
Dharmapuri15

7,09,005 2,869

30,606 1,181

6,67,475 4,019

10,924 31

DistrictCases
Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119
Agra933
Ghaziabad794
Meerut504
Lucknow386
Saharanpur298
Kanpur Nagar286
Moradabad252
Varanasi243
Hapur225
Aligarh215
Basti214
Amethi206
Rampur203
Jaunpur194
Firozabad190
Barabanki168
Gorakhpur166
Bulandshahr166
Siddharth Nagar159
Ghazipur159
Bijnor157
Deoria143
Azamgarh138
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Mathura129
Ayodhya120
Muzaffarnagar117
Sambhal116
Sultanpur97
Ambedkar Nagar92
Maharajganj85
Amroha80
Rae Bareli78
Bahraich73
Kheri72
Kannauj69
Baghpat68
Kushi Nagar67
Bhadohi60
Ballia60
Gonda59
Etah52
Hardoi49
Balrampur49
Mau48
Mainpuri46
Etawah46
Hathras43
Unnao42
Jalaun41
Jhansi41
Shamli40
Chandauli38
Auraiya37
Farrukhabad36
Sitapur32
Prayagraj30
Banda27
Shahjahanpur25
Shravasti23
Budaun23
Mirzapur22
Bareilly17
Kasganj16
Pratapgarh15
Pilibhit15
Sonbhadra10
Kaushambi6
Kanpur Dehat4
Chitrakoot4
Lalitpur3
Hamirpur3
Mahoba3
Fatehpur3

4,70,270 2,032

27,317 364

4,36,071 2,368

6,882 28

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kasaragod333
Palakkad224
Malappuram119
Kollam118
Thrissur106
Thiruvananthapuram104
Pathanamthitta98
Kozhikode90
Alappuzha76
Kottayam73
Ernakulam60
Idukki40
Wayanad36

3,92,930 6,843

96,688 832

2,94,910 7,649

1,332 26

DistrictCases
North West5,463
Central4,817
West4,768
New Delhi3,405
North3,059
East2,472
South East2,446
South West2,391
South2,329
North East1,914
Shahdara1,580

3,56,656 4,136

26,744 277

3,23,654 3,826

6,258 33

DistrictCases
Kolkata2,777
Howrah1,435
24 Paraganas North1,031
Hooghly604
24 Paraganas South281
Maldah235
Dinajpur Uttar216
Coochbehar210
Birbhum206
Medinipur West159
Medinipur East153
Nadia139
Purba Bardhaman130
Murshidabad125
Bankura116
Darjeeling97
Jalpaiguri88
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purulia66
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Alipurduar39
Kalimpong18
Jhargram9

3,49,701 4,127

37,017 210

3,06,197 3,857

6,487 60

DistrictCases
Ganjam581
Jajapur322
Khordha238
Baleshwar190
Kendrapara164
Cuttack155
Bhadrak137
Balangir129
Puri103
Sundargarh102
Jagatsinghapur91
Nayagarh86
Mayurbhanj73
Nuapada69
Gajapati61
Dhenkanal36
Boudh34
Kendujhar34
Deogarh33
Kalahandi33
Sonepur29
Kandhamal28
Anugul26
Malkangiri20
Bargarh16
Koraput16
Sambalpur16
Jharsuguda8
Nabarangpur2
Rayagada2

2,81,215 1,633

15,868 454

2,64,102 2,071

1,245 16

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2,475
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Jagitial77
Nizamabad76
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Mancherial43
YadadriBhuvanagiri40
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Vikarabad40
Nalgonda33
Warangal Urban32
Mahabubnagar30
Sangareddy26
Khammam26
Adilabad22
Nirmal21
Karimnagar17
RajannaSircilla16
Medak11
Kamareddy11
Mahabubabad10
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Nagarkurnool8
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Jangoan8
Siddipet7
Peddapalli5
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Warangal Rural4
Mulugu3
Narayanpet3
Wanaparthy1

2,31,834 582

18,611 854

2,11,912 1,432

1,311 4

DistrictCases
Patna279
Bhagalpur266
Rohtas256
Khagaria253
Begusarai243
Madhubani199
Munger188
Jehanabad178
Katihar175
Darbhanga143
Samastipur139
Siwan139
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Banka134
Buxar134
Nalanda123
Gopalganj123
Nawada122
Sheikhpura118
Gaya115
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Bhojpur103
Saran101
Muzaffarpur96
Saharsa88
Supaul87
Vaishali87
Madhepura82
Kishanganj75
Aurangabad75
Sitamarhi73
Lakhisarai72
Araria68
Pashchim Champaran57
Arwal52
Jamui47
Sheohar20

2,11,689 431

9,722 737

2,00,918 1,161

1,049 7

DistrictCases
Kamrup Metro276
Golaghat203
Nagaon143
Hojai89
Dima Hasao86
Karimganj85
Tinsukia84
Cachar80
Dibrugarh61
Hailakandi57
Lakhimpur57
Marigaon50
Dhemaji47
Kamrup42
Kokrajhar37
Dhubri30
Charaideo29
Barpeta28
Udalguri28
Sonitpur27
Jorhat24
Nalbari23
Darrang20
Sivasagar20
Goalpara19
Biswanath16
Baksa14
KarbiAnglong13
Bongaigaon12
Chirang6
West KarbiAnglong5
South SalmaraMancachar4
Majuli2

2,04,171 204

17,510 2,761

1,85,755 2,961

906 4

DistrictCases
Jaipur2,177
Jodhpur1,748
Udaipur724
Bharatpur563
Kota503
Nagaur500
Ajmer379
Dungarpur374
Pali352
Jhalawar329
Bhilwara250
Sikar231
Chittorgarh188
Tonk171
Jalore164
Rajsamand140
Sirohi130
Bikaner112
Banswara91
Alwar90
Churu81
Jhunjhunu64
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Baran59
Jaisalmer53
Barmer34
Hanumangarh31
SawaiMadhopur26
Karauli17
Pratapgarh14
Ganganagar8
Bundi5

1,86,243 1,821

16,668 432

1,67,736 2,240

1,839 13

DistrictCases
Bilaspur100
Korba100
Mungeli87
Baloda Bazar85
Jashpur77
Janjgir-Champa56
Mahasamund54
Rajnandgaon52
Kabirdham52
Raigarh47
Raipur46
Balod41
Korea39
Durg31
Bemetara21
Kanker19
Balrampur17
Surguja14
Gariyaband10
Surajpur9
Dhamtari6
Bijapur2
Bastar2
Dantewada0
Kondagaon0
Narayanpur0
Sukma0

1,75,959 1,368

23,743 156

1,50,398 1,499

1,818 25

DistrictCases
Indore3,839
Bhopal1,880
Ujjain799
Burhanpur351
Neemuch319
Jabalpur276
East Nimar266
Sagar228
Gwalior211
Khargone196
Dewas140
Dhar132
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Bhind87
Raisen71
Barwani60
Ratlam51
Rewa39
Shajapur39
Hoshangabad37
Vidisha37
Chhatarpur35
Betul35
Rajgarh31
Dindori29
Sheopur26
Damoh26
Satna24
Anuppur22
Panna20
Tikamgarh18
Sidhi17
Narsinghpur17
Chhindwara16
Agar Malwa15
Mandla15
Shivpuri15
Jhabua14
Shandol14
Singrauli13
Ashoknagar13
Datia12
Sehore12
Umaria10
Balaghat9
Guna8
Harda4
Alirajpur3
Katni3
Seoni2
Niwari0

1,67,249 951

11,237 240

1,53,127 1,181

2,885 10

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17,125
Surat2,311
Vadodara1,555
Gandhinagar410
Mahesana159
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Rajkot135
Arvalli134
Mahisagar125
Anand107
PanchMahals107
Patan105
SabarKantha101
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Jamnagar63
Bharuch56
Botad55
Surendranagar55
Valsad47
GirSomnath45
Dohad43
Chhotaudepur37
Naysari35
Junagadh31
Narmada25
DevbhumiDwarka22
Amreli16
Porbandar11
Tapi6
Dang5
Morbi4

1,67,011 919

13,914 51

1,49,411 963

3,686 7

DistrictCases
Gurugram2,950
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Rohtak145
Palwal120
Jhajjar114
Karnal104
Hisar98
Ambala93
Panipat78
Nuh68
Bhiwani60
Rewari56
Kurukshetra55
Sirsa50
Kaithal48
Mahendragarh47
CharkiDadri43
Panchkula39
Fatehabad38
Jind38
Yamunanagar19

1,58,304 1,240

10,295 147

1,46,282 1,086

1,727 7

DistrictCases
Amritsar485
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Tarn Taran163
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
S.A.S Nagar137
Patiala132
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Pathankot86
Rupnagar (Ropar)74
Faridkot74
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Moga65
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Firozepur50
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Barnala25

1,31,055 415

4,217 60

1,22,721 465

4,117 10

DistrictCases
East Singhbum170
Ranchi148
Hazaribagh110
Garhwa80
Ramgarh75
Koderma58
Simdega48
Dhanbad32
Gumla28
Palamu27
West Singhbhum21
SaraikelaKharsawan20
Giridih19
Bokaro16
Latehar14
Khunti10
Lohardaga8
Deoghar5
Dumka5
Pakur4
Jamtara2
Godda2
Chatra1
Sahebganj0

99,686 258

5,844 122

92,976 378

866 2

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Srinagar300
Kulgam295
Baramulla271
Shopian255
Kupwara231
Bandipora175
Udhampur155
Ramban151
Jammu138
Budgam110
Pulwama108
Kathua53
Rajouri39
Ganderbal37
Poonch35
Doda27
Reasi26
Samba25
Kishtwar10
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0

91,861 532

7,565 115

82,858 639

1,438 8

DistrictCases
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Tehri Garhwal110
Haridwar94
Udam Singh Nagar83
Almora71
Champawat45
Pithoragarh43
Chamoli36
PauriGarhwal36
Bageshwar31
Rudraprayag30
Uttar Kashi24

60,376 221

4,425 117

54,958 329

993 9

DistrictCases
South Goa69
North Goa57

42,242 211

2,576 116

39,090 321

576 6

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Mahe4
Karaikal2
Yanam0

34,193 81

3,804 108

29,801 187

588 2

DistrictCases
Dhalai196
Sepahijala174
Gomati74
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45
Khowai24
North Tripura14

30,257 36

1,845 147

28,069 183

343

DistrictCases
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Una41
Solan32
Chamba29
Bilaspur21
Mandi21
Sirmaur11
Shimla10
Kullu4
Kinnaur2
Lahaul And Spiti0

20,370 157

2,489 116

17,590 272

291 1

DistrictCases
Churachandpur32
Kangpokpi26
Imphal West21
Thoubal18
Imphal East10
Tengnoupal9
Bishnupur7
Senapati6
Chandel5
Kamjong5
Ukhrul4
Jiribam3
Pherzawl3
Kakching2
Tamenglong2
Noney1

17,162 140

4,166 1

12,857 138

139 1

DistrictCases
Changlang31
Papum Pare8
Lohit3
Namsai2
West Siang1
East Siang1
Upper Siang1
Tawang1
PakkeKessang1
West Kameng0
Upper Subansiri0
Tirap0
Siang0
Shi Yomi0
Anjaw0
Lower Subansiri0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Longding0
Leparada0
KurungKumey0
KraDaadi0
Kamle0
East Kameng0
Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0

14,244 33

2,260 137

11,951 170

33

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

14,038 61

653 21

13,167 80

218 2

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
West Garo Hills5
South West Garo Hills4
North Garo Hills1
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Khasi Hills0

9,018 136

1,605 31

7,332 104

81 1

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Mon8
Kohima7
Kiphire3
Tuensang3
Peren2
Phek1
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

8,626 111

1,871 54

6,724 56

31 1

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

5,933 20

736 54

5,126 74

71

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

4,245 20

204 5

3,983 15

58

DistrictCases
East District3
South District3
North District0
West District0

3,835 16

246 20

3,525 35

64 1

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

3,228 3

51 1

3,175 2

2

DistrictCases
Kolasib11
Aizawl10
Mamit8
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Saitual1
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Saiha0
Serchhip0

2,493 46

290 41

2,203 5

0

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

0

0 0

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