Lack of toilets and safe water in health-care facilities

A recent WHO and UNICEF report, supported by our research, revealed an alarming lack of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in health care facilities in 54 countries, despite the importance of WASH in caring for patients and reducing infection. Since its release, researchers from The Water Institute at UNC co-authored an editorial calling for health sector leadership in setting standards, tracking service delivery, investing in human resources, and coordinating WASH, health, and development so that health facilities can become cleaner and safer for patients.

Bartram, Jamie, Ryan Cronk, Maggie Montgomery, Bruce Gordon, Maria Neira, Edward Kelley, and Yael Velleman. 2015. “Lack of toilets and safe water in health-care facilities.” Bulletin of the World Health Organization 93: 210. doi:10.2471/BLT.15.154609.