Drawing on data on from 54 low- and middle-income countries on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in health care facilities, 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.
|Title||Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities : status in low and middle income countries and way forward|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Cronk, R., Bartram, J.|
|Pagination||x, 38 p. : 8 boxes, 2 fig, 8 tab.|
|Publisher||World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef|
|Place Published||Geneva, Switzerland|
|ISBN Number||978 92 4 150847 6|
|Keywords||health care, hospitals, waste management|
This report presents for the first time a multi-country review of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in health care facilities in 54 low- and middle-income countries. WASH services provide for water availability and quality, presence of sanitation facilities and availability of soap and water for handwashing. The main focus of the results is on water availability as there were very limited data on water quality, sanitation and hygiene. In addition, a brief summary of data on the safe disposal of health care waste is provided,
The report is organized in two main sections. The first focuses on the method employed to obtain the estimates on WASH in health care facilities and the derived estimates. It also summarises the status of national policies and targets on WASH in health care facilities. The second section highlights the way forward and particular elements important in improving WASH in health care facilities.
The 10 key findings of the report are:
Includes 7 annxes and 25 ref.