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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 seeking consultants for work on WASH in health care facilities

WHO is seeking expressions of interest from institutions or individuals for three main areas of activity:  capacity building and learning, global coordination, advocacy and leadership, and health care waste. Applications are due 12 November 2019. See the attached for details.

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Survey on health care waste management processes in African countries

The Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN) invites you to help with mapping the extent of current Healthcare Waste Management processes in health care facilities throughout Africa. This vital information will be collated electronically via SurveyMonkey . In both 2016 and 2018, ICAN conducted a short survey regarding infection control provision and infrastructure in healthcare facilities […]

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Maternal mortality levels and trends 2000-2017

Despite the decrease in the number of maternal deaths, the world will fail to meet its 2030 Sustainable Development Goal target. In human terms, this means, at the current rate of progress, over an additional million women will lose their lives. Explore the latest maternal mortality estimates for 2017 as well as trends since 2000. […]

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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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