Hand hygiene, water quality and sanitation in primary health care facilities and schools not connected to functional water supply systems
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are central to the ability to maintain hygienic environments and prevent disease transmission in both health care facilities and schools. Proper and frequent hand hygiene is one of the most important measures that can be taken to prevent the transmission of diarrheal diseases, respiratory diseases and (re-)emerging infections.
In 2019, the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Global Baseline Report estimated that over 45% of primary health care facilities and 50% of schools in LMICs do not have access to handwashing facilities, basic hygiene and water supply systems. Moreover, administrators and staff of health care facilities and schools often lack the capacity and knowledge to manage WASH services adequately. This holds particularly true in a context where functional water supply is lacking, rendering the provision of adequate WASH services intractable.
To join our experiences and efforts to establish a systemic approach to hand hygiene and WASH in primary health care facilities and schools serving the most vulnerable populations.
Off-grid schools and health care facilities with poor WASH services, located in conflict-affected areas, refugee and internally displaced camps, informal settlements and remote rural areas.
NGOs, academia and private sector entities
8 Work Packages
Four-year project timeline: 2021-2024
Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Palestine
- Preventive maintenance trainings in NigeriaStrengthening the O&M capacities of teachers From 21-22 October, 2023, the Terres des hommes (Tdh) Nigeria team carried out a preventive maintenance training with 26 school teachers of the 13 intervention schools of… Read More »Preventive maintenance trainings in Nigeria
- hands4health in yet another webinarGravit’eau for improved resilience Hands4health was present in yet another webinar: “How to improve resilience and address water scarcity through innovative solutions”. The event was held on February 20, 2024 from 13:00-14:30 CET… Read More »hands4health in yet another webinar
- Webinaire avec intervenants de hands4healthInscrivez-vous maintenant ! Un webinaire en direct sera bientôt organisé par le réseau Réseau de la Conservation et du traitement de l’eau à domicile (CTED), avec Maryna Peter (FHNW), Carola Bänziger (FHNW) et… Read More »Webinaire avec intervenants de hands4health
- Upcoming webinar with hands4health speakersRegister now! There is a live webinar coming soon, hosted by the Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) Network, with Maryna Peter (FHNW), Carola Bänziger (FHNW) and Stefano Osti (CESVI) as three… Read More »Upcoming webinar with hands4health speakers
The hands4health initiative is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), through a project and programme contribution of CHF 4’700’000. More information is available here.