Guidelines for Climate-Resilient and Environmentally Sustainable Health Care Facilities in Fiji

02.11.2021
The ‘GUIDELINES FOR CLIMATE-RESILIENT AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE HEALTH CARE FACILITIES IN FIJI’ (CRESHCF Guidelines) was developed to assist Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS) and all health sector stakeholders to include sustainable, environment-friendly and climate-resilient healthcare facilities (HCFs) into the full life cycle of health care capital works.

National standards in infection prevention and control for health facilities (3rd edition)

20.10.2021
Aligned with the aspirations of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act to ensure that all Filipinos have access to quality and affordable health services and are protected against financial risk, the Department of Health (DOH) urges the health sector to move towards the development of a productive, resilient, equitable, and people-centered health system.

Impact of mhealth messages and environmental cues on hand hygiene practice among healthcare workers in the greater Kampala metropolitan area, Uganda: study protocol for a cluster randomized trial

02.06.2021
The study will provide critical findings on barriers and facilitators to hand hygiene practice among healthcare workers, and the impact of environmental cues and mhealth messages on healthcare workers’ hand hygiene practice.

Hand Hygiene For All – improving access and behaviour in health care facilities

18.10.2020
This new brief from WHO provides insights into available strategies and approaches to hand hygiene improvement in health care facilities (HCFs) in support of the new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)/World Health Organization (WHO) Hand Hygiene for All Initiative, including sustainable interventions. The brief draws on learning from legacy work and the current evidence base. It emphasizes the synergistic relationship between IPC and WASH in HCFs and summarizes how joint action and collaboration is essential for improvement in the context of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response and beyond.

Combatting AMR through WASH and IPC in healthcare

02.10.2020
This updated two page flier, jointly produced by WHO, UNICEF and WaterAid, details the latest burden from poor WASH and IPC in health care, the role WASH and IPC serve in preventing AMR and the benefits of joint action and investments. It also provides examples of effective, collaborative action at the global, national and facility level. It allows anyone working in these fields to speak confidently about the current core issues, as well as solutions and will ultimately drive quality of care given how critical WASH and IPC measures are for AMR reduction and overall patient safety.

Elevating the Role of Cleaners in Healthcare Facilities: A Guidance Note

17.09.2020
This document is a guidance note on elevating the role of cleaners in healthcare facilities written by Hayley Schram, Lindsay Denny, and Global Water 2020 in preparation for 'Thank Your Cleaner Day' on October 21. This document proposes 12 actions to elevate cleaners in healthcare facilities and provides resources for key stakeholders, organizations, and individuals working with or interested in environmental cleanliness and cleaners.

Hand Hygiene for All: A call to action for all of society to achieve universal access to hand hygiene

29.06.2020
The Hand Hygiene for All Initiative presents an opportunity to create a step-change in how hand hygiene is promoted, enabled and mainstreamed throughout the whole of society and across the globe. It aims to bring together multiple sectors around a common platform to coordinate voices and actions and, crucially, to align these behind national hand hygiene strategies. The global framework for this Initiative will organise actors around four main areas: evidence and learning, multi-stakeholder engagement, investment and monitoring. UNICEF and WHO will be supported by a select group of core partners, including but not limited to World Bank, Sanitation and Water for All, International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/Hygiene Hub, International Labour Organization, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Global Handwashing Partnership and WaterAid. If you have any questions, contact Michael Emerson Gnilo megnilo@unicef.org and Maggie Montgomery MontgomeryM@who.int.

CRS COVID-19 response: Emergency factsheet

25.03.2020
A summary of what Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are doing to support the COVID-19 response.

WASH in HCF – key resource list

06.03.2020
A list of WASH in healthcare facilities resources has been complied and includes related infection prevention and control and AMR documents, as well as a list of key websites for further reading.