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In the 60 countries with the worst health and humanitarian crisis, 3 in 4 children lacked basic handwashing service at their school at the start of the outbreak and half of them lacked basic water service.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation's Children Fund (UNICEF) warned on Thursday that over 800 million children worldwide lack handwashing facilities at school as some countries will resume lessons amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It must be a major focus of government strategies for the safe reopening and operation of schools during the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic," the official added.
Furthermore, the organizations warned that in the 60 countries with the worst health and humanitarian crisis, 3 in 4 children lacked basic handwashing service at their school at the start of the outbreak, and half of them lacked basic water service.
On the other hand, 1 in 3 schools worldwide had either limited drinking water service or no drinking water service at all, while 698 million children lacked basic sanitation service at their school.
As several countries prepare to resume the academic year in September, the WHO and UNICEF launched the initiative Hand Hygiene for All, "to support the most vulnerable communities with the means to protect their health and environment."