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WASH in Health Care Facilities Community of Practice

The WASH in HCF Community of Practice Initiative, facilitated by Emory University, is an action-oriented learning platform seeking to connect practitioners around the world.

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The Community of Practice

Launched by Emory University’s Center for Global Safe WASH, this Community of Practice (COP) seeks to contribute to the global WASH in health care facilities initiative co-led by WHO and UNICEF, through three main objectives:

  • Connect in-country WASH in healthcare facility implementers with the evidence, resources, potential partners, and funding mechanisms they need to develop, implement and advocate for WASH in HCF programs
  • Provide a platform for the Community of Practice to share experience, ideas and best practices for WASH in HCF programming
  • Encourage members to take action based on the latest research and best practices

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Upcoming events

Is It Clean? Lesson Learned on Improving Environmental Cleaning in Healthcare Facilities
Tuesday, March 28 | 8:00AM – 9:30AM EDT / 15:00 – 16:30 EAT

Over the past few years, environmental cleaning in HCF has become more widely recognized as a critical component to the provision of quality care. This session will summarize the progress made on environmental cleaning and experts will share their experiences from utilizing tools like the CDC Implementation Toolkit and TEACH CLEAN.

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Previous events

Built Environment (September 2022)

This session discussed how WASH is embedded into the broader approach to health facility infrastructure improvement.

Slides & recordings in English, French and Spanish can be found here.

Data for Action (June 2022)

This session discussed the possible uses for WASH in HCF data, including policymaking, prioritization, implementation, monitoring, and advocacy.

Slides & recordings in English, French and Spanish can be found here.

Operations & Maintenance (April 2022)

This session examined the core elements of operations and maintenance for WASH in HCF, including planning, people and budgeting.

Slides & recordings in English, French and Spanish can be found here.

Effective WASH and IPC Partnerships (February 2022)

This session’s panel discussion looked at the integration of WASH and IPC.

Slides & recordings in English and Spanish can be found here. Materials are not available in French as we encountered technical issues.

Gender-Responsive WASH in HCF (December 2021)

This session’s panel discussion looked at how we develop and implement approaches to ensure gender-responsive WASH programs and policies in all healthcare facilities.

Slides & recordings in English, French, and Spanish can be found here.

Hand Hygiene in Healthcare (October 2021)

A discussion with the community around what more is needed to improve and sustain hand hygiene among healthcare workers.

Slides and recordings in English, French and Spanish can be found here.

Launch Event (October 2021)

The introduction to the new WASH in HCF Community of Practice.

Slides & recordings in English, French, and Spanish can be found here.

Active Groups within the WASH in HCF Community of Practice

Cleaners Community of Practice

The Cleaners Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of researchers, clinicians, practitioners, implementers, and advocates that focuses on cleaners and environmental cleaning within healthcare facilities.

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Often neglected and overlooked, cleaners are the primary personnel responsible for ensuring safe and clean conditions for patients and staff, yet often obtain inadequate training, receive low pay, and have inadequate access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Download the guidance note on elevating the role of cleaners in healthcare facilities here.

Join the Cleaners Community of Practice to learn how you can elevate the critically important role of cleaners in healthcare facilities! Please email to join the list.

Decentralized Chlorine Production Community of Practice

The global community of practice (CoP) on decentralized chlorine production is an international consortium of civil society organizations, private-sector companies, and individuals seeking to advancing innovative chlorine generation technologies and service delivery models for disinfection and water treatment.

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This Community of Practice functions as a learning, networking, and research platform which aims to stimulate collaborative and transparent discussion among partners on lessons learned, evidence gaps, and candid feedback on challenges faced during the use of on-site chlorine generators. To participate in quarterly meetings and receive updates and news, join the Decentralized Chlorine Production Community of Practice by contacting Adam Drolet (

Recent Events:
– May 2021: Slides
– November 2021: Slides

Value proposition. Poor water, sanitation, and hygiene practices contribute to the spread of infections, diseases, and negative health outcomes in healthcare facilities and communities. Chlorine is a widely used, effective chemical disinfectant recommended for infection prevention and control in health care settings. However, despite its proven effectiveness, the lack of consistent availability limits the ability of healthcare facility staff to provide a safe and hygienic environment for patients. A global survey of healthcare facility conditions in 78 low-and middle-income countries revealed 36.4% lacked chlorine solution for disinfection. Chlorine can also serve as a critical tool for the delivery of safely managed water services for communities. 

A healthcare facility without WASH is not a healthcare facility.

Dr. Maria Neira, Director of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization