Determinants of hygiene practices among mothers seeking delivery services from healthcare facilities in the Kampala metropolitan area, Uganda

02.06.2021
Our study aimed at assessing the determinants of hand hygiene and utilisation of bathing facilities in healthcare facilities (HCFs) in the greater Kampala metropolitan area, Uganda.

Factors associated with health care deliveries among mothers living in hospital catchment areas Rukungiri and Kanungu districts, Uganda

02.06.2021
Study of 894 mothers' place of delivery, sociodemographic and economic factors and facility WASH status for the catchment area of two private hospitals in Uganda.

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.

Status of water, sanitation and hygiene services for childbirth and newborn care in eight countries in East Asia and the Pacific

07.01.2020
This study aimed to investigate availability of WASH policies, standards, and services for childbirth and newborn care in hospitals in East Asia and the Pacific. Descriptive analysis of survey data and observations of water, sanitation and hygiene services in maternity and neonatal care rooms and of deliveries in 153 hospitals in Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Viet Nam. The main outcome measures were availability of national policies and standards; availability of water, sanitation, and hygiene services in maternity rooms and neonatal care units; and practice of hygiene at childbirth.

Hygiene During Childbirth: An Observational Study to Understand Infection Risk in Healthcare Facilities in Kogi and Ebonyi States, Nigeria

06.01.2020
Infections acquired during labour and delivery are a significant cause of maternal and child morbidity and mortality. Adherence to hand hygiene protocols is a critical component of infection prevention strategies, but few studies have closely examined the hand hygiene of health care providers with sufficient detail to understand infection risks and prioritize prevention strategies. : This observational study was conducted in six healthcare facilities in Nigeria. In each, five women were observed from the onset of labour through to delivery of the placenta. Hand hygiene infection risk was estimated for all procedures requiring aseptic technique compared against adherence to proper hand hygiene protocol and potential recontamination events. This study highlights that hand hygiene remains a barrier to delivering high-quality and safe care in health facilities. Improving hygiene practices during labour and delivery will require strategies that extend beyond infrastructure provision.

Saving Newborn Lives Through Safe WASH

10.11.2019
Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely – more than one in ten of all babies around the world. Nearly all these deaths can be prevented by providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place. This flyer highlights the importance of basic Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in ensuring the right place for quality service delivery to save newborn lives. ”Every birth should be supported by a safe pair of hands, washed with soap and water, using sterile equipment, in a clean environment“……by Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director

Afghanistan WASH in Healthcare Facilities Assessment Summary

14.04.2019
A report of the World Vision assessment of 105 healthcare facilities in three Afghan provinces conducted in April 2018 with Emory University.

Getting the basic rights – the role of water, sanitation and hygiene in maternal and reproductive health: a conceptual framework

26.03.2015
This paper explores linkages between water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and maternal and perinatal health via a conceptual approach and a scoping review.

Environmental factors and WASH practices in the perinatal period in Cambodia

26.03.2015
A qualitative study looking at the environmental context for infection prevention and control (IPC) and WASH-associated behaviors in health centers where women give birth, and in homes of newborns, in a rural Cambodian province.