WHA 76 Agenda Item 27.1: Progress reports (including: Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities)

May 22, 2023

WASH in healthcare facilities is critical to improving patient care and working conditions for healthcare workers across the globe. Following implementation of the WHA 72.7 resolution in 2019, significant progress was made on updating and implementing standards for WASH. However, there are still major gaps in investment and action. We call on Member States to invest in and prioritize WASH in their national healthcare systems and their global investments. 

We urge Member States to increase efforts to include WASH indicators in health system monitoring and to establish effective national coordination mechanisms, as well as developing and implementing sustainable long-term financing national road maps.

Finally, we call on Member States to meaningfully include civil society in the WHO & UNICEF-facilitated global summit on WASH in Health Care Facilities taking place in June.