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International Photo Contest on Greener Healthcare Waste Management

Professional and amateur photographers from all over the world are invited to take part in the International Photo Contest on greener healthcare waste management, which will be held from April 30 to May 31, 2019. Participation of healthcare, environmental health workers, women and youth is particularly welcomed.

The goal is to increase public awareness on the issues related to healthcare waste treatment and management (HCWM) through visual and artistic medium and to promote best practices on HCWM along with non-incineration waste treatment and mercury-free technologies for greener healthcare practices.

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Gathering of 40 faith-based organizations to discuss WASH in health care facilities

Gathering of 40 faith-based organizations to discuss WASH in health care facilities

On April 9th, USAID’s Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives and Global Water 2020 hosted a gathering of 40 faith-based organizations to discuss the challenges of achieving access to WASH in health care facilities and identify solutions. Key actions highlighted were the importance of partnerships and working alongside the community, the need for more effective use of resources, a focus on rehabilitation of faith-based facilities (vs. construction of new facilities) and the systems required to maintain them, and a broad cultural shift to prioritize WASH in health care settings. The first meeting of faith-based groups on this issue, participants also raised the need to make their own commitments to WASH in health care facilities.

Photography courtesy of Lindsay Denny.

World Health Day, 7 April

Medical staff training with patient

Universal health coverage is WHO’s number one goal. Key to achieving it is ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community. Progress is being made in countries in all regions of the world.