Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities: Status in low and middle income countries and way forward
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.
Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities: Status in low and middle income countries and way forward. R. Cronk, J. Bartram. 2015. Geneva: World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/wash-health-care-facilities/en/