Evaluation of water, sanitation and hygiene status of COVID-19 healthcare facilities in Ghana using the WASH FIT approach

01.06.2021
Evaluation of the WASH status of seven COVID-19 treatment centres in Ghana using WASH FIT.

Using the Water and Sanitation for Health Facility Improvement Tool (WASH FIT) in Zimbabwe: A Cross-Sectional Study of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services in 50 COVID-19 Isolation Facilities

01.06.2021
The Government of Zimbabwe, UNICEF and civil society organizations conducted WASH assessments in 50 HCFs designated as COVID-19 isolation facilities using WASH FIT.

It’s Not Just COVID Brief

04.05.2021
A short advocacy brief that discusses the impact WASH has on safe, quality healthcare delivery as well as health outcomes, not limited to COVID-19.
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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.

Water, sanitation, hygiene, and waste management for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19

31.07.2020
This interim guidance supplements the infection prevention and control (IPC) documents by summarizing WHO guidance on water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and waste management relevant to viruses, including coronaviruses. This document is an update to the interim guidance document entitled ‘Water, sanitation, hygiene, and waste management for the COVID-19 virus’, published on 23 March 2020. It is intended for water and sanitation practitioners and providers, and health-care providers who want to know more about WASH and waste risks and practices in relation to COVID-19.
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WASH FIT ASSESSMENT: SIMPLIFIED FOR COVID-19 [Spanish]

08.07.2020
A simplified version (in Excel) in of the WASH FIT assessment tool for use in facilities who are preparing for, or responding to, COVID-19 cases. The basic methodology of WASH FIT remains the same but is built on a shorter assessment tool, focusing on the most important aspects of WASH in HCF which are needed to respond to COVID-19. The indicators are based on the latest WHO technical guidance on WASH in HCF for COVID-19, available at: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/water-sanitation-hygiene-and-waste-management-for-the-covid-19-virus-interim-guidance. This tool is also available in English and French. An electronic version (in all 3 languages) is available on Kobo Toolbox at: https://ee.kobotoolbox.org/x/egDN1mUO. If you would like support using the electronic version, contact Janet Ausel. Thanks go to Food for the Hungry and Engineers Without Borders USA for their support developing this tool.

WASH FIT ASSESSMENT: SIMPLIFIED FOR COVID-19 [French]

08.07.2020
A simplified version (in Excel) in of the WASH FIT assessment tool for use in facilities who are preparing for, or responding to, COVID-19 cases. The basic methodology of WASH FIT remains the same but is built on a shorter assessment tool, focusing on the most important aspects of WASH in HCF which are needed to respond to COVID-19. The indicators are based on the latest WHO technical guidance on WASH in HCF for COVID-19, available at: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/water-sanitation-hygiene-and-waste-management-for-the-covid-19-virus-interim-guidance. This tool is also available in English and Spanish. An electronic version (in all 3 languages) is available on Kobo Toolbox at: https://ee.kobotoolbox.org/x/egDN1mUO. If you would like support using the electronic version, contact Janet Ausel. Thanks go to Food for the Hungry and Engineers Without Borders USA for their support developing this tool.

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.