Eight practical steps have been identified that countries can take at the national and sub-national level to improve WASH in health care facilities. These include national assessments and analyses, development of roadmaps, and targets and standards for WASH in health care facilities.
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The widespread lack of WASH services in health care facilities not only compromises patient safety, dignity, and human rights but also holds back efforts to improve maternal and child health and significantly increases the risk of antimicrobial-resistant infections.
WASH has been recognized as a prerequisite for quality care, particularly important for the safe management of childbirth.