Providing safe water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities
The lack of adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) including lack of soap in health care facilities (HCFs) is compromising health and spreading infections in the developing world. Critical functions in HCFs including child delivery can be compromised without adequate WASH. A previous summary by the WHO and UNICEF of data from 54 countries, representing 66,101 HCFs showed that 38% of HCFs do not have an improved water source, 19% do not have improved sanitation, and 35% do not have water and soap for handwashing.
A new effort to provide universal WASH coverage in HCFs in Mali will be reviewed including specific collaboration between the WHO, CDC, WaterAid, World Vision, the Conrad N Hilton Foundation, and the government of Mali. This effort will focus on the training and roll-out of two toolkits jointly developed by WHO and UNICEF, WASH FIT and BabyWASH. The use of these tool-kits in assessment and continuous quality improvement in HCFs will be discussed as well as their national roll-out through community health associations in collaboration with the government of Mali, UNICEF and WHO. The effort to provide safe water, sanitation, and hand-washing facilities in HCFs and collaboration with the private sector will be included.
16:00: Greg Allgood, World Vision: Welcome and Introduction
16:05: Arabella Hayter, World Health Organization and Lizette Burgers, UNICEF: Settting the Stage and Global Efforts
16:15: Chris Dunston, Conrad Hilton Foundation (CNHF): Focus, Approach, and Intent of CNHF Focus on Health Care Facilities
16:25: Dr Rob Quick, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Practical and Cost Effective Solutions
16:35: Mamadou D. Diallo, Water Aid: Case Study 1
16:45 Sam Diarra, World Vision, Case Study 2
16:55 Panel Discussion & Q&A
17:25 Ending remarks
17:30 Close of session