Ensuring Mother and Child Health at the Hospital with Wash in Health Care Facilities: Focus on Autonomous Chlorine Production in Zambia

Poster presented and awared with the first prize at 2018 International Tech4Dev Conference, EPFL Lausanne. Abstract: Hospital acquired infections (HAI) pose a significant threat to the health of patients and health care employees in developing countries. Limited resources are available for health facilities: It is estimated that 15% of patients in low-income countries develop one or more infections during a hospital stay, of which water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is a contributor (Allegranzi et al., 2011). Infections account for a third of the 3.6 million neonatal deaths each year and for 15% of maternal deaths (Lawn et al., 2010). In 2016 Ministry of Health and UNICEF started a pilot project in 55 Zambian health care facilities implementing basic WASH infrastructures including disinfectant production, waste management and hand washing to effectively prevent diseases. A specific focus was given to mother and child health to reduce burden of disease by autonomous production of sodium hypochlorite, using electrolysis to transform saline solution into disinfectant with WATA technology.

Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines

National guidelines on IPC, taking into account considerations of Ebola.

Case study of WASH in HCF in Ethiopia and Kenya: Key findings and takeaways

A case study from 11 facilities in Ethiopia and 9 in Kenya where the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) and other NGOs operate

Partnership for Improving Health System Resilience in Laamu Atoll, Maldives

WHO is one of the 7 members of the UN Country team in the Maldives supporting the Low Emission Climate Resilient Development project. This Reports describes the initiation of green health care waste management systems.

The Water@Birth Study: an exploratory study on the requirements of water for hand hygiene during labour and delivery in low income countries

A study to establish the volume of water required for hand hygiene during childbirth in low income countries

Changes in knowledge and attitudes of hospital environmental services staff: The Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) study

The Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) study tested a multimodal cleaning intervention in Australian hospitals.

Report of the Uganda HMIS review for harmonisation of WASH indicators

Uganda review their HMIS every 5 years. This report explains the process of integrating WASH indicators into their HMIS.