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 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Organized by WHO and WaterAid

In the 52 weeks since the monumental WHA WASH in HCF Resolution was approved by every Member State, a pandemic has emerged that has affected every health system in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the issue of WASH and its impact on the safety and quality of health care to the front and centre of the collective global mind. It has highlighted and reinforced the need to invest in the fundamentals if health care is to be safe and protect the vulnerable. And it has unfortunately demonstrated the impact in terms of human suffering and lives lost where these are not in place. This two-hour virtual meeting 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 can be an achievable and sustainable goal, including for the prevention of COVID-19.

In the 52 weeks since the monumental WHA WASH in HCF Resolution was approved by every Member State, a pandemic has emerged that has affected every health system in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the issue of WASH and its impact on the safety and quality of health care to the front and centre of the collective global mind. It has highlighted and reinforced the need to invest in the fundamentals if health care is to be safe and protect the vulnerable. And it has unfortunately demonstrated the impact in terms of human suffering and lives lost where these are not in place. This two-hour virtual meeting 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 can be an achievable and sustainable goal, including for the prevention of COVID-19.