New Report on WASH in Health Facilities

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are essential to health service delivery and improving quality of care. In a new World Health Organization and UNICEF report, the Water Institute at UNC assessed the status of WASH in health care facilities in 54 low- and middle-income countries and found 38% lack an improved water source, 19% lack improved sanitation, and 35% lack soap for hand washing. Countries with a national plan for WASH in health care generally had higher coverage. Improving service levels requires health sector leadership, technical inputs from the WASH sector, and political commitment.
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Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities: Status in low and middle income countries and way forward. Cronk, Ryan, and Jamie Bartram. 2015. Geneva: World Health Organization.