Global Progress Report on WASH in Health Care Facilities: Fundamentals First

This report identifies major global gaps in WASH services: for example, one third of health care facilities do not have what is needed to clean hands where care is provided; one in four facilities have no water services; and 10% have no sanitation services. This means that 1.8 billion people use facilities that lack basic water services and 800 million use facilities with no toilets. Across the world’s 47 least-developed countries, the problem is even greater: half of health care facilities lack basic water services. Furthermore, the extent of the problem remains hidden because major gaps in data persist, especially on environmental cleaning.