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Adoption of the WASH in Health Care Facilities Resolution at the 72nd World Health Assembly

June 11, 2019

 

At the 72nd World Health Assembly, agenda item 12.5 (Patient Safety) had a focus on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities. The Global Hand washing Partnership, along with over 170 signers, signed on to a Civil Society Organization letter.

The WHO Member States have now adopted the resolution to improve safe WASH services in health facilities around the world for safer patient care. The resolution asks Member States to develop national roadmaps, establish and implement standards, and invest in systems to support sustainable WASH services.

It also requests that the WHO provide leadership, mobilize resources for investment, report on global progress, and in emergencies, help coordinate and implement WASH and infection prevention and control in healthcare

 

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