Project Video: Genderised WASH in Health Care Facilities – An Indian Case Study

WASH in health care facilities in India

Water, sanitation and hygiene services (WASH) are crucial to public health, especially in health care facilities. A recent report of UNICEF and WHO in low and middle-income countries states that 38% of health care facilities do not have any water sources. 15% of patients developed one or more infections during a health care facility visit. Vulnerable groups (women in childbed, pregnant women, children and the disabled) are even put at increased risks. The video presents the SNIS funded research project lead by EAWAG-Sandec to monitor WASH in public health care facilities in India and Uganda in the context of maternal health and menstrual hygiene. The research takes into account the gender consideration and specific needs of women and men. It produced several recommendations for improvements, useful for sanitation planners, health care administrators and officials in the public sector in low and middle-income countries.

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