WASH Programs

The lack of safe water, functional toilets, and handwashing facilities in healthcare settings poses significant health risks to communities, especially children. The ongoing global problem of health facility-acquired infections (HAI) has highlighted the consequences of the lack of water and sanitation facilities and practice of key hygiene behaviors. Our strategy of improving access to clean water and detergents, including WASH improvements, aims at preventing emergence and transmission of these otherwise avoidable diseases. Hand hygiene has been cited as the single most important practice to reduce such illnesses, and improved hand hygiene practices have been associated with a sustained decrease in the incidence of antimicrobial-resistant infections in community settings. WASH also plays a role in the cleaning of surfaces and bedding for preventing transmission of sanitation related illnesses