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Many people around the world are served by health care facilities that lack the essentials for safe quality care including water, sanitation, hygiene materials and appropriate waste segregation.

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.

8 Steps

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WHO announces urgent health challenges for the next decade

Including water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities!

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WASH in HCF in the media – recent articles

In recent months, WASH in health care facilities has been receiving more attention with articles published in the media and new blogs and videos. Below you will find links to recent articles and publications.  The monthly WASH in HCF newsletter also includes links to recent articles. If you do not already receive the newsletter, please […]

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Listen to the WHO UNICEF webinar “From Resolution to Revolution” – 26th November 2019

WHO and UNICEF held a short webinar on 26th November 2019 to provide an update on progress following the 2019 global meeting on WASH in health care facilities,. The webinar also featured the Government of Zambia talking about their recent activities. Further webinars will be held in 2020. Details will be shared on this site.

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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.

- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization

WASH has been recognized as a prerequisite for quality care, particularly important for the safe management of childbirth.

- Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of United Nations Children’s Fund

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