Monitoring Environmental Health in Maternal and Newborn Health Programs In Health Care Facilities

The objectives of this brief are to review common and effective indicators for monitoring environmental health conditions and measuring improvements in maternal and newborn health care as well as recommend opportunities to enhance monitoring of environmental health in maternal and newborn health care settings.

WASHinHCF Webinar Series Summary

The document provides a summary of the 12 month WASH in Healthcare Facilities webinar series with short descriptions of each webinar.

UNICEF Scoping study in Eastern and Southern Africa

UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office conducted a regional scoping study and deep dive on the Enabling Environment for WASH services in Health Care Facilities across its 21 programming countries in Eastern and Southern Africa Region. The aim was to assess the status of the enabling environment for WASH services in health facilities, identify related gaps and explore avenues to enhance programming in the region.

Useful resources for Practical Action 5: Monitor & Review Data

A list of useful resources to consult when considering how to carry out Practical Step 5: Monitor & Review Data. This was shared at the 2019 Global Meeting in Livingstone, Zambia (September 2019).

WASH Assessment and Surveillance System in Health facilities in the Gaza Strip

UNICEF supported the first-ever study titled “WASH Assessment and Surveillance System in Health facilities in the Gaza Strip,” funded by ECHO in partnership with the INGO WW-GVC. This study covered 21 health care facilities (5 hospitals and 16 primary healthcare clinics). The study used the triangulation of qualitative and quantitative information to allow a realistic translation of the data that would lead to more comprehensive results and generating evidence-based policy options for actions. This was achieved through face-to-face interviews with key personnel in each HCF (the medical/nursing director, admin director, IPC committee member and head of engineering and maintenance department) and a walk-through checklist inspection of the main WASH infrastructures and amenities by qualified engineers, hygiene and health experts. The data were analyzed in line with: (i) JMP Core indicators for availability of basic WASH services in HCFs, (ii) Advanced indicators from WASH in HCFs (WHO WASH FIT), (iii) Investment’s costs in the WASH infrastructure (an estimation for the coast of investments in WASH infrastructure rehabilitation. In addition, the assessment included key informant interviews with key personnel in the Ministry of Health (MoH), Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) and Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU) to evaluate the waterborne disease surveillance system implemented at the MoH and its ability to trigger an outbreak as well as roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in the response.