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Everyone experiencing health care – patients, their families, staff and others – deserve to be cared for and work in a clean, safe environment. 

The 2019 World Health Assembly Resolution on WASH in health care facilities urges countries to address the issue. WHO and UNICEF are seeking commitments from Governments, partners and international organizations in line with the World Health Assembly Resolution. Countries can refer to and use this overview of the issue and templates for providing progress updates.

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Now is the time for you to make the step change required for clean, safe health care environments. A renewed focus on both quality and primary health care, and the importance of addressing antimicrobial resistance, all offer new opportunities towards tackling an old but preventable issue - effective WASH in health care.

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Advocacy, leadership and health sector engagement
Conduct situational analyses and assessment
Develop and implement national standards 
and policies
Empower and train staff
Financial contribution
Improve and maintain infrastructure
Monitor & review data (track WASH through health systems monitoring)
Intersectoral taskforce to drive change
Engage the community
Track WASH indicators through health monitoring