The COVID-19 pandemic is anticipated to contribute to widespread food insecurity and malnutrition and have long-term
health, social, and economic repercussions. Central to the pandemic response is ensuring adequate water and sanitation
services, and improved hygiene practices to reduce disease transmission. The USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)-funded Budikadidi Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and led by Catholic Relief Services, has pivoted water management and governance, Care Groups,1 mass media, and community outreach and education activities to address immediate shocks caused by COVID-19 pandemic. The program aims to ensure that every community member has access to accurate, complete, and early information on COVID-19. Equipping community change agents with the skills to conduct behavior change activities allows for a coordinated response with the health system, local government, and other partners, which will improve readiness for future outbreaks of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. This learning note shares some of the adaptations, early results, lessons learned, and challenges experienced by the Budikadidi project as they adapted programming to meet WASH needs that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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