‘In Senegal, people with HIV are subject to harsh discrimination. Mothers are hiding. They don’t want to be seen entering this pavilion. They are afraid to go to the pharmacy. They refuse to be followed up in their neighbourhood. As a result, many children living with the disease are not being detected.’
Handwashing plays a vital role in reducing the spread of infectious diseases, including Covid-19. But a large proportion of the global population — the World Bank estimates three billion — does not have consistent access to soap and water. Engineers Without Borders USA is a hard-working group of volunteer engineers who partner with local communities to provide solutions to basic problems such as clean water, electricity and safe sanitary systems.