Ensuring WASH In Health Care Settings ‘Requires Action,’ Will Help Improve Maternal Health

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Delivering maternal health requires water and sanitation
Anne Mutabaruka, head of programs at WaterAid Rwanda

“…Water and sanitation are essential to [the human rights, good health, and progress of women and girls]. Girls cannot grow up healthy if they do not have clean water to drink, a safe toilet to use, and the ability to wash with soap. They cannot complete their education and reach their potential if they are hiking miles to find water each day, or constantly ill from diarrhea, or unable to manage their periods in a hygienic way at school. And they cannot expect to have healthy, happy children themselves if the place where life begins is not itself clean and hygienic. It will take effort on a grander scale to resolve this crisis. Providing water, sanitation, and hygiene in health care is a cause that needs to be taken up on a global scale. When donors and civil society organizations call for it, national governments will follow suit. This injustice requires action” (5/18).

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