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COVID-19 and Informal Settlements - Implications for Water, Sanitation and Health in India and Indonesia
  • Publication Type:
    Working discussion paper
  • Authors:
    parikh P, Bou Karim Y, Paulose J, Factor-Litvak PP, Nix DE, Nur Aisyah DD, Chaturvedi H, Manikam DL, Lakhanpaul PM
  • Publisher:
    UCL Press
Abstract
Informal settlements are home to over one billion people worldwide and are characterised by high population densities and poor environmental conditions. The authors identify the impact of COVID-19 on existing water and sanitation practices and potential pathways for transmission of COVID-19 in informal settlements in India and Indonesia. In the short term, there is an urgent need for mobile hand washing, washing/bathing facilities and toilets. In the long term, COVID-19 provides an opportunity to invest in centralised water and sanitation networked solutions appropriated for high-density settings to integrate those settlements into the city, improve environmental conditions and health in cities.
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