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March 25th: Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities in low- and middle-income countries and way forward

A new report prepared by WHO, United Nations’ Children’s Fund  presents, for the first time, a global assessment of the extent to which health care facilities provide essential water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services

Drawing on data from 54 low- and middle-income countries, the report concludes that 38% lack access to even rudimentary levels of water, 19% lack sanitation and 35% do not have water and soap for handwashing. When a higher level of service is factored in, the situation deteriorates significantly. A number of areas require urgent action and WHO will work with UNICEF, Governments and other partners to develop a global plan to address the most pressing needs and ensure that all health care facilities have WASH services.

The report concludes “The findings in this first multi-country review of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in health care facilities are sobering”.

The report can be downloaded from: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/wash-health-care...