The overall goal of the monitoring task team is to ensure that global and national monitoring efforts include harmonized core and extended indicators to measure WASH in health care facilities.

Improving WASH services requires strong and consistent monitoring mechanisms to measure progress and to direct efforts where needs are greatest. Monitoring is required at the global and national level where harmonized indicators can be used within Health Management and Information Systems (HMIS) and dedicated facility surveys. Sets of core and expanded indicators need to be developed for such surveys.

The task team will focus on the following objectives:

  • To review recommendations regarding appropriate levels of service of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities
  • To review indicators currently used in health facility assessments, and conduct a gap analysis with respect to the recommendations. This review should include the major facility assessments (SDI, SPA, SARA) as well as indicators used by facilities themselves, governments, or researchers.
  • To develop and agree on recommended indicators, potentially grouping these into a core set which could be used in any facility assessment, and an expanded set which could be used in cases where more detailed assessments are possible.
  • To develop and agree on recommended indicators for inclusion in Health Management and Information Systems, the Safe Hospital Index, or other monitoring instruments.
  • To advise the WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation on indicators and monitoring methodologies to be used for tracking SDG targets related to WASH in health care facilities.