COVID-19 is not the first and will not be the last epidemic that countries will face. Resilience to future crises depends on actions taken now, as well as on policies, institutions and capacity put in place during normal times. Let us ensure this threat is not a missed opportunity to achieve our vision of universal access to water, sanitation, and hygiene.
As leaders, this is our chance to save lives. Matt Damon and Gary White, alongside WaterEquity Managing Director, Paul O'Connell and Water.org President, Jennifer Schorsch pledge their support for the Leaders' Call to Action.
"During this extraordinary public crisis, we know that the people we serve have the least access to services and face the greatest risk of infection. We strongly support Sanitation and Water For All and the Leaders' Call to Action on COVID-19 to benefit everyone, everywhere." – Matt Damon, co-founder Water.org & WaterEquity
"Water.org is proud to stand beside our sector leaders and stakeholders to highlight the urgent need to prioritize water and sanitation now. Financing sustainable solutions that strengthen services and systems for all will allow us to emerge stronger and more resilient to future shock. Invest in water today." – Jennifer Schorsch, President Water.org
"The COVID-19 global pandemic highlights the critical need for increased investment to accelerate access to safe water and sanitation for all. If we are to reduce the impact of this and future pandemics, we must ensure these two vital needs are met." – Dr. Paul O'Connell, Managing Director WaterEquity
"Water touches everything, and this pandemic is no exception. The frontline defense is handwashing, made possible by safe water. Let's make water, sanitation, and hygiene available to everyone to prevent the spread of diseases today and to support the health and resilience of our global community tomorrow." – Gary White, CEO and Co-founder Water.org & WaterEquity