Addressing Acquiescence

In one hospital in Ghana, a head nurse was so accustomed to water scarcity that she stopped checking if the taps worked, Marisa Gallegos observed in her research for Emory University’s Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.

Despite persistent limitations to water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities, many dedicated health workers are resigned to poor conditions.

This human tendency toward acquiescence, whether conscious or unconscious, can stunt moral outrage and the drive to find better solutions. So in order for WASH research to resonate with health workers, one key step is “empowering clinicians to be change agents in their own facilities,” Gallegos writes.
PLOS Global Health Blog

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