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Clean hands, everywhere

Arup’s crisis hygiene solution joins the fight against Covid-19 
Arup’s crisis hygiene solution joins the fight against Covid-19 

Access to clean water is a pivotal part of many types of emergency response. Without effective sanitation, diseases spread, and relief efforts become harder. The highly transmissible nature of Covid-19 has now made handwashing a daily priority for people in a considerably larger number of settings.

Arup’s Jengu handwashing unit, designed for use in humanitarian crisis settings, is now playing a useful role in contexts never imagined when it was first designed. 

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The Jengu family of handwashing units were originally developed in 2018 by Arup in partnership with the British Red Cross and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Jengu is an open source blueprint for a durable handwashing unit for use in humanitarian emergency settings. It has been designed and tested by Arup’s product designers and behavioural psychologists and since the outbreak of Covid-19, is proving to be useful for other locations where people need to congregate such as schools. 

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Jengu at the Kyangwali refugee camp in Uganda. Image credit: Greg Rose.

Jengu is designed to be durable, easy to use and built locally with affordable materials available anywhere in the world, requiring minimal maintenance. Water is supplied via a soft rubber foot pump instead of a tap. This is to prevent people touching a tap, a potential contamination point. The foot pump also means that water can be supplied from a container placed on the ground, making it easy to refill with fresh water. This aspect is particularly useful for locations where there isn’t access to a plumbed water supply and can help ensure handwashing continues to take place wherever people gather. 

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The prototype has been developed in two heights – one for adults and teenagers, and a lower version for smaller children.

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If your building or facility needs additional handwashing facilities, consider using Jengu. Contact us today.