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      COVID-19 and Informal Settlements - Implications for Water, Sanitation and Health in India and Indonesia

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          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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          UCL Open: Environment Preprint
          UCL Press
          17 August 2020
          Affiliations
          [1 ] UCL, Engineering for International Development Centre, Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
          [2 ] Aceso Global Health Consultants Limited
          [3 ] UCL, Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering
          [4 ] Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University
          [5 ] Indonesia One Health University Network
          [6 ] Aceso Global Health Consultants Limited, India
          [7 ] Population, Policy and Practice, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
          Article
          10.14324/111.444/000036.v3

          This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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          Submission on behalf of Childhood Infections & Pollution (CHIP) Consortium N/A

          Data sharing not applicable to this article as no datasets were generated or analysed during the current study.

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          Policy and law, WASH, Informal settlements, India, COVID-19, Indonesia, infection pathways, Water, The Environment

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          Date: 17/8/2020

          Handling Editor: Michael McClain

          The article has been accepted and it is suitable for publication in UCL Open: Environment.

          2020-09-23 15:31 UTC
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