In 2018, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General issued a Global Call to Action to elevate the importance of and prioritize action on WASH in all health care facilities. This document presents eight practical actions that UN member states can take at the national and sub-national level to improve WASH in health care facilities. It also summarizes the global response to the UN Secretary General’s Call to Action. The document is a companion to the WHO and UNICEF JMP 2019 SDG baseline report for WASH in health care facilities, which provides the first national, regional and global baseline estimates for monitoring SDG 6 in health care facilities.
The main audiences for this document are national health policy makers, district health managers, professionals leading quality initiatives, and health facility administrators and staff. Additional audiences include global WASH and health partners, national water and sanitation policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, and civil society.