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DRAFT Global Framework for Action (2024-2030)-Water, sanitation, hygiene, waste and electricity services in all health care facilities achieves essential quality health services


This document serves to guide global and national efforts and key collaborative actions to deliver water, sanitation, hygiene, waste (WASH), and electricity services in all healthcare facilities. It focuses on WASH and electricity services and ought to be implemented within broader health and climate efforts, including those focused on low carbon and climate resilient health care facilities and systems, “fit for purpose hospitals”, and more broadly efforts that support primary health care and delivery of high-quality, universal, essential health care.

WHO and UNICEF are now seeking your feedback on the Global Framework for Action and it’s implementation. You are invited to either fill out this short survey or download and provide in track changes comments and send back in WORD to Arabella Hayter ( and Nadia Abdalla ( The deadline for the survey and direct input is 6 November 2023. Find the Global Framework for Action here!

Guidelines of Water and Sanitation for Health Facility Improvement Tool in Philippines (2023)

the guidelines identified in this guideline shall contribute to the attainment of the country’s goals towards sustainable development, climate action and universal health care. The development of the Guidelines of WASH FIT is aligned with the technical standards and guidelines of a green, safe and climate resilient health facility. Find the guidelines here!

Green and Safe Health Facilities Manual-1st Edition

The Green and Safe Health Facilities Manual details environmental considerations for all health facilities. The standards and criteria in this manual are aimed at enhancing patient safety through improved indoor environmental quality, site sustainability, health care waste management, energy and water efficiency in all facilities. Find the manual here!

A global taskforce on WASH in health care facilities: synthesis 2022-2023

WHO and UNICEF convened a series of stakeholder ‘think-tanks’ coinciding with the launch of the Global Report on WASH in health care facilities in December 2020, to discuss barriers to progress. A Global Taskforce on WASH in health care facilities, comprising approximately 30 key partners/thought leaders, evolved from these think-tanks to provide input to WHO and UNICEF on global strategic direction, coordination, and to allow for information exchange and dialogue.  Find more about the task force key activities in the attached document.

The purpose of the task force is to:

  • Encourage and hold accountable national governments to achieve the objectives established by WHA 72/7 and SDG 3 and SDG 6
  • Reinforce calls for strong health leadership (e.g. mobilising political leaders at global events including G7, G20, UNGA)
  • Work at country level to increase demand, financing and integration of WASH in health programming and reporting
  • Support greater collaboration with other initiatives (e.g. UHC, Child/maternal health, AMR, climate smart health systems, Hand Hygiene for All)

Environmental cleaning and IPC in HCF in low and middles income countries: Modules and resources (2022)

This document is a module and resource on environmental cleaning and IPC for low- and middle-income countries. The Module and resources provide instructions, definitions, photographs, posters and specific illustrations of recommended practices. These materials can be converted to slides as appropriate and other necessary materials gathered and prepared in advance.

WASH in HCF_resources

This document includes the updated resources to support policy and practice of WASH in health care facilities.