Global analysis of healthcare waste in the context of COVID-19: status, impacts and recommendations

16.12.2021
This WHO report, with special contributions from UNDP, the Global Fund, Health Care Without Harm, and the International Solid Waste Association, details how COVID-19 has forced the world to reckon with the gaps and neglected aspects of the waste stream and how we produce, use and discard of our health care resources, from cradle to grave.

WASH PRESS: Soluciones de agua, saneamiento e higiene y medidas de prevención y control de infecciones para la preparación y respuesta de los establecimientos de salud en casos de emergencias de salud y desastres

10.12.2021
WASH PRESS focuses on providing technical solutions to meet the water, sanitation and hygiene needs of health facilities during health emergency and disaster preparedness activities or in resource-constrained contexts. The document is the result of a systematic review of numerous technical guidelines, practices and tools from the World Health Organization and other relevant institutions and universities in the sector. In a single tool, it combines the minimum standards and indicators to be met with technical solutions to achieve them, with an emphasis on what needs to be done (algorithms), how to do it (factsheets) and how much is needed (calculation tools). By publishing this document, the Pan American Health Organization aims to facilitate decision-making by those responsible for health facilities and for the planning and implementation of water, sanitation and hygiene measures, as well as immediate and timely action by health and auxiliary staff and, in general, by professionals in the sector. This publication complements the guidance provided in the WASH FIT Health Facility Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Toolkit, developed by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund in 2018.

The Clean pilot study: evaluation of an environmental hygiene intervention bundle in three Tanzanian hospitals

10.12.2021
Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are estimated to affect up to 15% of hospital inpatients in low-income countries (LICs). A critical but often neglected aspect of HAI prevention is basic environmental hygiene, particularly surface cleaning and linen management. TEACH CLEAN is an educational intervention aimed at improving environmental hygiene. The authors evaluated the effectiveness of this intervention in a pilot study in three high-volume maternity and newborn units in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Advancing Equity: How We Can Ensure Gender-Responsive WASH in All Healthcare Facilities (COP Event)

09.12.2021
A discussion on hand hygiene in healthcare facilities, focused on approaches for sustainability, from the Community of Practice launch on October 19, 2021. Slides from the session in English are available here and recordings are posted below:

Waste management of used personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

08.12.2021
A commentary describing waste management practices as a result of COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Costing spreadsheet: toolkit for costing environmental health services in healthcare facilities

30.11.2021
We developed a self-guided toolkit for costing water, sanitation, hygiene, environmental cleaning, and healthcare waste management in HCFs in low– and middle-income countries. The toolkit is divided into modules with instructions, worksheets, templates, and tips for success for users to complete the costing process. This toolkit will guide users through planning, collecting, and disseminating data on costs. It is designed for use by diverse stakeholders involved in funding, implementation, and management of EHS in HCFs. This is the companion spreadsheet for the toolkit. The toolkit itself is uploaded a separate resource.

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Policy brief: toolkit for costing environmental health services in healthcare facilities

30.11.2021
This policy brief describes the structure and functionality of a toolkit for costing water, sanitation, hygiene, environmental cleaning, and healthcare waste management in HCFs in low– and middle-income countries. The toolkit is divided into modules with instructions, worksheets, templates, and tips for success for users to complete the costing process. This toolkit will guide users through planning, collecting, and disseminating data on costs. It is designed for use by diverse stakeholders involved in funding, implementation, and management of EHS in HCFs. No prior costing experience is needed. The toolkit itself is uploaded a separate resource.

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A toolkit for costing environmental health services in healthcare facilities

30.11.2021
We developed a self-guided toolkit for costing water, sanitation, hygiene, environmental cleaning, and healthcare waste management in HCFs in low– and middle-income countries. The toolkit is divided into modules with instructions, worksheets, templates, and tips for success for users to complete the costing process. This toolkit will guide users through planning, collecting, and disseminating data on costs. It is designed for use by diverse stakeholders involved in funding, implementation, and management of EHS in HCFs. No prior costing experience is needed.

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Report on WASH FIT in all 15 Health Facilities under Lhuentse District, Bhutan 2020

22.11.2021
A report of WASH FIT training and support provided by SNV in a district of Bhutan, as part of a DFAT funded project (2018-2022)

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Report on piloting of WASH FIT in all health facilities under Punakha Dzongkhag

22.11.2021
Description of a WASH FIT pilot as part of a DFAT funded project (2018-2022)

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