Sweden: Crown Princess Victoria meets with WaterAid Sweden to discuss pandemic response

NordenBladet – Crown Princess Victoria held a digital meeting with WaterAid Sweden on Friday, discussing their work throughout the coronavirus pandemic and their goals for the future.

Crown Princess Victoria spoke with WaterAid chairman Tobias Krantz and Secretary General Anna Nilsdotter about their COVID-19 response.

The Royal House shared that throughout the pandemic “WaterAid has worked with emergency efforts such as information campaigns about the importance of good hand hygiene to reduce the spread of infection. Hand washing facilities with soap and water have also been set up in particularly vulnerable areas, in medical facilities and in places where many people pass and work together with governments and authorities.”

WaterAid Sweden is part of an international institution that works to provide clean water, sanitation and access to hygiene to people all over the world. According to their website, 785 million people around the world lack access to clean water and 2 billion people lack basic sanitation. Every day, 800 children die from diseases caused by a lack of water.

According to the Royal House, “many of the world’s poorest countries are ill-equipped to control the spread of infection. In these countries, almost every second hospital (45%) lacks access to clean water and three billion people in the world do not have the opportunity to wash their hands with clean water and soap.”

WaterAid works within communities, in homes, hospitals and schools to provide access to clean water and proper hygiene.

WaterAid wrote on their Facebook page, “We want to thank the Crown Princess for a great meeting – and look forward to continuing the work together to reach a world where all people have clean water.”

Crown Princess Victoria has been a patron of WaterAid since 2011 and has travelled the world on behalf of the organisation. She is also an alumnus of the United Nations’ Global Sustainability Goals (having served as an active ambassador from 2016 to 2019) and supports the goals related to sustainability, maritime and fisheries issues.


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