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Meeting the Challenge of COVID-19: Achieving Sustainable WASH-Safe Health Care Facilities in the 2020s

May 21 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am EDT

Organized by WASH in Health Care Facilities

Co-hosted by WHO, UNICEF, and WaterAid International

Supporting organizations include International Council of Nurses, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, Global Health Council, and a number of partner organizations

Meeting the Challenge of COVID-19: Achieving Sustainable WASH-Safe Health Care Facilities in the 2020s

One year on from the WHA72 Resolution on WASH in HCFs

May 21, 2020

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WHO and UNICEF, in collaboration with WaterAid and supported by a number of partner organizations including the International Council of Nurses and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, are hosting a two-hour virtual meeting during the week of this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA). The meeting marks the one-year anniversary of the resolution approved at WHA72 on water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities.

In the year since the resolution was approved by all Member States, the COVID-19 pandemic has emerged and affected every health system in the world. The crisis has brought the issue of WASH and its impact on the safety and quality of health care front and centre as part of the response. It has highlighted and reinforced the need to invest in the fundamentals if health care is to be safe and protect the vulnerable. Unfortunately, the crisis has also demonstrated the impact in terms of human suffering and lives lost where WASH is not in place.

During the virtual meeting, we will provide a reality check on where we are in terms of progress since last year’s resolution and afford an opportunity to explore how to accelerate action and investment to assure the world that clean hands, clean surfaces and clean practices in every health care facility is an achievable and sustainable goal, including for the prevention of COVID-19.

The meeting will be chaired by Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Environment, Climate Change and Health and will include high profile speakers from Ethiopia, Ghana, Hungary, Liberia and Madagascar; with interventions and contributions from a number of partners.

Event Objectives:

  • To consider how WASH in health care facilities can be hard wired into the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts moving forward;
  • To share country progress and discuss successes and bottlenecks regarding implementation of the 2019 WHA Resolution. This will include a focus on empowering the health workforce, particularly nurses and midwives and how action to improve WASH in health-care facilities is supporting COVID-19 efforts;
  • To engage WASH and health partner organizations and investment banks in strategizing on how to meet global targets for WASH in health-care facilities, using COVID-19 as an opportunity to sustainably improve WASH services;
  • To spark further commitments, investment and increased accountability in achieving universal access to WASH in HCF aligned with the COVID-19 response and recovery funding.

Register now for this virtual meeting at https://link.medics.academy/WaSH

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Organizers

WHO
WaterAid
WASH in Health Care Facilities
UNICEF