USAID Water and Development Series: WASH in HCFs for Quality Health Systems

This brief is part of USAID 's Water and Development Technical Series, which provides guidance on important topics for developing and implementing water and sanitation activities in support of the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy and USAID’s plan under the strategy.

This technical brief highlights considerations for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities (HCFs) as part of improving health system strengthening (HSS) and health security. It provides evidence of how effective WASH is required to support countries in meeting their development goals and achieving the three HSS outcomes of equity, quality, and resource optimization. The brief describes “entry points” to consider WASH in HSS programming and serves to inform United States Agency for International Development (USAID) staff and implementing partners in activity planning, design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and learning.