Back to Basics: Practical Steps for Countries to Ensure Universal Access to WASH in HCF

Purpose of this Webinar

In responding to the UN Secretary General’s call to action on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities (HCF), global targets for basic services and higher service levels have been established. While the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) have compiled country data to identify HCF with basic WASH services and to track progress for WASH, gaps in the data continue to exist. Presenters from WHO and UNICEF are joined in the webinar by commentators from the Institute of Public Health of Serbia and Ghana Health Services to discuss current action and to provide insight for countries to ensure universal access to WASH in HCF.

Webinar Summary

The document below provides a comprehensive summary of the webinar, including challenges to implementing the approach, and important points and questions raised in the discussion portion of the webinar.

Presented by Dr. Maggie Montgomery, WASH and Health, WHO Geneva, Tom Slaymaker, WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Philippa Lysaght, UNICEF.

Comments from Gloria Ntow-Kummi, WASH/IPC National Focal Point, Ghana Health Services and Dr. Dragana Jovanovic, Hygiene Specialist, Institute of Public Health of Serbia

This webinar was produced by the Emory University Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (CGSW), as part of the WASH in Healthcare Facilities Initiative.