There has been a lot of debate on whether measures such as social distancing and lock downs are possible or even practical in informal settlements. This article offers practical steps that can be taken to reach the populations in need, and how community organisation networks can be supported to scale up their efforts.
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‘We cannot self-isolate when many people share one single room shack, when there are long queues to collect water or to use ablution bocks – or no water or ablution facilities at all, and when people have lost all their income and have already run out of food.’
This is a concern shared by a majority, if not all, informal settlements in countries that have been affected by COVID 19.