Water, sanitation and hygiene services are the most basic frontline tools in any health care facility—but a new WHO/UNICEF report finds that inadequate WASH facilities affect billions of people worldwide, potentially fueling the rise of deadly superbugs, UNICEF reports.
- Worldwide, a quarter of health care facilities lack water services; a fifth have no sanitation service.
- 17 million women in the least developed countries give birth in health centers with inadequate WASH facilities.
- 1 million deaths every year are linked to unclean births.
This first comprehensive global assessment of WASH in health care facilities comes with a companion report offering concrete steps for governments to improve WASH services.
The Quote: "Hospitals are not necessarily points of care where you can heal, but points of almost infection. (We) are very alarmed by this," said WHO public health coordinator Bruce Gordon, according to Thomson Reuters Foundation.