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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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One-stop-shop for WASH in HCF resources

Check out the updated list of WASH in HCF related resources WHO and UNICEF has released an updated list of a range of key resources, including standards and guidance, tools, advocacy materials. It also includes key web links and related IPC, AMR and maternal and child health documents. Its an easy to read, quick link […]

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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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