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WASH Investment Role In Tackling Pandemics In Asia


Stronger and more integrated risk management is needed on health and water-related disasters in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, experts heard today at an international online conference held in the presence of the Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan. “The pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of water, sanitation, and adequate hygiene services—or WASH—which are the primary line of defense against the spread of COVID-19, as well as water-borne and other diseases,” ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa said in welcome remarks. “Unfortunately, the hygiene needed to combat disease is a challenge for the 300 million people in Asia and the Pacific who lack access to a safe water supply, and the 1.2 billion who lack access to safe sanitation.”