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WASH in health care facilities: Practical steps to achieve universal access to quality care

WASH in health care facilities: Practical steps to achieve universal access to quality care. WHO; UNICEF, April 2019. hcf

In 2018, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General issued a Global Call to Action to elevate the importance of and prioritize action on WASH in all health care facilities. The call recognises the important role WASH plays in preventing infections and saving lives. As such, UN agencies, Member States, and partners are now mobilizing resources to invest more in this fundamental element for providing universal, quality care.

The purpose of this document is to present eight practical actions that Member States can take at the national and sub-national level to improve WASH in health care facilities. It also summarizes the global response to the UN Secretary General’s Call to Action. This document is a companion to the WHO and UNICEF JMP 2019 SDG baseline report for WASH in health care facilities, which provides the first national, regional and global baseline estimates for monitoring SDG 6 in health care facilities.

The main audiences for this document are national health policy makers, district health managers, professionals leading quality initiatives, and health facility administrators and staff. Additional audiences include global WASH and health partners, national water and sanitation policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, and civil society.

Related links

WASH in health care facilities: Global baseline report 2019. World Health Organization; UNICEF.

WASH in health care facilities: Global baseline report 2019. World Health Organization; UNICEF, April 2019.  hcf

WHO and UNICEF, through the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP), have produced regular updates on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) since 1990.

Together, they are responsible for monitoring the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets 6.1 and 6.2 and supporting global monitoring of other WASH-related SDG targets and indicators.

This first JMP report on WASH in health care facilities introduces new service ladders for basic services and establishes national, regional and global baseline estimates that contribute towards global monitoring of SDG targets 6.1 and 6.2 –universal access to WASH.

The 2019 WHO and UNICEF “WASH in health care facilities. Practical steps for universal access” is intended as a companion document to this report.