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“Healthcare Facilities in Developing Countries a High Risk for Coronavirus Transmission” – Circle of Blue (19.3.20)
https://www.circleofblue.org/2020/world/healthcare-facilities-in-developing-countries-a-high-risk-for-coronavirus-transmission/

“Collapse of hygiene management in hospitals in Bangladesh” – New Age Bangladesh (20.3.20)
https://www.newagebd.net/article/102734/collapse-of-hygiene-management-in-hospitals-in-bangladesh

“Venezuela faces COVID-19 outbreak with hospitals that at times lack soap and water” – NBC News (19.3.20)
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/venezuela-faces-covid-19-outbreak-hospitals-times-lack-soap-water-n1163331

“This World Water Day, almost half of healthcare facilities” – Mirage News (19.3.20)
https://www.miragenews.com/this-world-water-day-almost-half-of-healthcare-facilities/

“Amid COVID-19, Doctors and Nurses Need Clean, Safe Water” – Water Mission (17.3.20)
https://watermission.org/covid-19-safe-water/

“Coronavirus: Sanitation Minister Tour Hospitals To Assess Water Situation” – Modern Ghana (17.3.20)
https://www.modernghana.com/news/989863/coronavirus-sanitation-minister-tour-hospitals.html

List of 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 tool for anyone to use now!

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 tool for anyone to use now!

COVID-19 & WASH: Technical briefing published by WHO

Coronavirus Markets Vs Science

04 March 2020

In late 2019, an acute respiratory disease, known as COVID-19, emerged. The pathogen responsible for COVID-19 is severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2, also referred to as the COVID-19 virus), a member of the coronavirus family. In response to the growing spread of COVID-19, WHO has published a number of technical guidance documents on specific topics, including infection prevention and control (IPC). These recent documents are available at: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance/infection-prevention-and-control.

This new Technical Brief supplement these IPC documents by referring to and summarizing WHO guidance on water, sanitation and health care waste which is relevant for viruses (including coronaviruses). This Technical Brief is written in particular for water and sanitation practitioners and providers. It is also for health care providers who want to know more about water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) risks and practices.

Read the Technical Briefing here.

 

 

 

COVID-19 & WASH: Technical briefing published by WHO (guidance updated on 6th April 2020)

Coronavirus Markets Vs Science

Updated 19 March 2020 

In late 2019, an acute respiratory disease, known as COVID-19, emerged. The pathogen responsible for COVID-19 is severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2, also referred to as the COVID-19 virus), a member of the coronavirus family. In response to the growing spread of COVID-19, WHO has published a number of technical guidance documents on specific topics, including infection prevention and control (IPC). These recent documents are available at: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance/infection-prevention-and-control.

This new Technical Brief supplement these IPC documents by referring to and summarizing WHO guidance on water, sanitation and health care waste which is relevant for viruses (including coronaviruses). This Technical Brief is written in particular for water and sanitation practitioners and providers. It is also for health care providers who want to know more about water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) risks and practices.

Read the Technical Briefing here.

 

 

 

WASH in HCF in the media: January & February 2020

A community health worker in Muduani village in Nyamalimbe ward

Articles & blogs
The Moscow Times: 1 in 3 Russian hospitals lack water supply.

Inside Philanthropy: A Foundation Helped Bring a Quiet Global Health Crisis Out of the Shadows

ASCE News: Coronavirus: a wake up call for civil engineers.

Business Insider: The Wuhan coronavirus is now found on doorknobs, another reason that washing your hands is better than wearing a mask.

Think Global Health: Getting WASH into health care facilities: an urgent health need. Will the UN’s prioritization of clean, water and sanitation and hand washing in health care facilities finally breed action?

Save the Children: A series of blog posts authored by the BASICS (Bold Action to Stop Infections in Clinical Settings) team. BASICS is a new initiative that will transform healthcare and reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by at least 50%.

WaterAid Tanzania: The heroes of Geita: empowering midwives through water, sanitation and hygiene.

WaterAid UKGlobal health – new year, new decade, new challenges and opportunities: How can we tackle the World Health Organization’s urgent health challenges of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities, superbugs and equality in healthcare?

WaterAid India: Water, sanitation can systematically prevent antimicrobial resistance in India, The Wire

Journal articles
Gon et al. 2020 Behavioural determinants of hand washing and glove recontamination before aseptic procedures at birth: a time-and-motion study and survey in Zanzibar labour wards. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Oza et al. 2020 Application of tools to monitor environmental conditions, identify exposures, and inform decision-making to improve infection prevention and control practices in Malawian maternity wards. Environmental monitoring and assessment.

Patel et al. 2019 Assessment of water, sanitation and hygiene in HCFs: which tool to follow? Reviews on Environmental Health


Framing an agenda for children in the SDG era

Debre Birhan Hospital

The health and wellbeing of children now and in the future depends on overcoming new challenges that are escalating at such speed as to threaten the progress and successes of the past two decades in child health. The climate emergency is rapidly undermining the future survival of all species, and the likelihood of a world in which all children enjoy their right to health appears increasingly out of reach. A second existential threat that is more insidious has emerged: predatory commercial exploitation that is encouraging harmful and addictive activities that are extremely deleterious to young people’s health.

The WHO–UNICEF–Lancet Commission lays the foundations for a new global movement for child health that addresses these two crises and presents high-level recommendations that position children at the centre of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Read more here.

Call for papers in special issue of IJERPH

Debre Birhan

The journal is interested in papers that illuminate the scope of the problem, identify potential solutions and effective implementation approaches, and test novel technologies that could help to improve essential environmental conditions (e.g. infrastructure, hygienic items, clean surfaces, behaviors) in HCFs. Studies may address one or multiple essential environmental condition(s). Solutions-oriented studies that address known research gaps, such as accessibility, gender, and patient satisfaction, or integrate these concepts, are encouraged.  The deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 December 2020. For more information, visit https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/Solutions_Improving_Critical_Environmental_Conditions_Healthcare_Facilities_Low_Middle_Income_Countries