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WASH & healthcare facilities – Water Currents

WASH & healthcare facilities – Water Currents, May 1, 2017

The focus topic for this issue is WASH and health care facilities and contains information on upcoming events; recent publications from USAID, the World Health Organization (WHO), and others; as well as links to key websites. watercurrents

The reports discuss hand hygiene, antimicrobial resistance, access to WASH services, and the treatment and disposal of medical waste. “In the News” features publications and resources from the recent Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meetings in Washington, DC.

Link to the full text.

WASH in Health Care Facilities: Global Strategy, Burden of Disease, and Evidence and Action Priorities

WASH in Health Care Facilities: Global Strategy, Burden of Disease, and Evidence and Action Priorities, 2016. SHARE Project.

This report summarises the discussions and outcomes of a series of three workshops on WASH in HCFs co-convened by WHO, UNICEF and SHARE in London, 21st-24th March 2016.

Bringing together around 50 stakeholders including WHO and UNICEF technical staff, health specialists, policy-makers, WASH experts and implementers, researchers and donors, the workshops sought to take stock on progress made since the 2015 global meeting in Geneva and plan how to maximize efforts, formulate the basis for developing a burden of disease framework associated with WASH in HCFs, and update the global action plan accordingly.

Health workers must have #safeHANDS – WHO annual call to action

WHO #safeHANDS poster

This year’s annual day to recognize hand hygiene among health workers commemorates ten years of the Clean Care is Safer Care programme (2005-2015) of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Hand hygiene is an important element of infection prevention and control. A recent WHO/UNICEF survey of  66,000 health facilities in developing countries revealed that over a third of them lacked soap for hand washing.

To join the campaign and learn more visit: http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/en/

Webinar: Healing Hands, 5 May 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CEST

Hear from experts from WHO, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Johns Hopkins University on the importance of hand hygiene, the current state of practices and lessons learned from the recent West Africa Ebola Outbreak.

To join the discussion register at the site of the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing.

Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO and Unicef provides an “alarming picture of the state of WASH in health care facilities”.

Drawing on limited data from 54 low- and middle-income countries the report concludes that 38% of the facilities lack access to even rudimentary levels of water, 19% lack sanitation and 35% do not have water and soap for handwashing.

In addition, “training and capacity building to ensure there are sufficient resources and personnel to operate and maintain WASH facilities and enable health care staff to deliver hygiene behaviour change messages is urgently needed”, the report says.

“While the situation appears bleak, there are a number of global initiatives for which WASH in health care facilities is a foundational element and examples of national governments taking the initiative to improve standards, implementation and monitoring”, the report concludes. Through coordinated, global action, with leadership from the health sector, WHO and Unicef believe that all health care facilities can have adequate WASH services.

Besides the full report, you can also download:

Cronk, R. & Bartram, J., 2015. Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities : status in low and middle income countries and way forward, Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef. x, 38 p. : 8 boxes, 2 fig, 8 tab. Avaialable at:

Campaigning for better WASH in health care facilities

WHO is launching a global plan of action to improve access to WASH at all health care facilities. This kind of intersectoral collaboration is set to become a major theme in the post-2015 development agenda.

Maternity ward, Gazipur, Bangladesh

Maternity ward, Gazipur, Bangladesh. © DFATD-MAECD/Wendell Phillips. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfait-maeci/10057359875

Better access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities is crucial for mothers and babies to stay healthy. It is just as important as curative measures says Dr Maria Neira, the Director of Public Health and Environment at the World Health Organization (WHO) [1]. She announced that WHO will launch a global plan of action by March 2015 on improving access to WASH at all health care facilities [2].

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