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The Global Handwashing Partnership

Event summary: Sustaining WASH behaviors and practices in healthcare settings

July 30, 2018

At the 41st WEDC conference, the Global Handwashing Partnership, Aquatabs, Amref Health Africa, Tufts University, and World Vision convened a discussion on sustaining behaviors and practices for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in health facilities to improve patient safety and quality of care. Key points from the session included:

  • Poor WASH in health facilities leads to increased risk of healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, and other serious public health concerns
  • Chlorine has many good uses in healthcare settings, and its use should be based on evidence
  • Handwashing is a critical IPC practice in health facilities, and behavior change strategies can be used to improve currently low rates of hand hygiene compliance
  • A comprehensive approach focused on WASH and IPC services and practices, including capacity building, can lead to short- and long-term improvements in health facilities.
  • Leadership, collaboration, and accountability are crucial elements of the enabling environment for WASH in health facilities.

Read our new summary for a recap of the presentations and discussions at the session, including copies of all presentations.

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