Improving WASH Services In Health Care Facilities Necessary To Achieve Health-Related SDGs, Zambia Health Minister Writes In Opinion Piece

Devex: Opinion: From resolution to revolution in health care
Chitalu Chilufya, Zambia’s minister of health and member of the National Assembly of Zambia

“…[I]t’s time for the WASH revolution — and if recent events are indicative of commitments, we have good news. National governments recognize that the health and well-being of our people is a prerequisite to socio-economic development. Getting there will require a paradigm shift — from raising awareness to tangible and sustainable action so that WASH services are available in all types of health care facilities and in diverse environments. … The Zambian government is resolved to use an integrated and multisectoral approach to engage various stakeholders within the country and beyond to improve the status quo. We are focused on strengthening key health systems to sustainably improve service delivery that includes WASH services. … We believe it has become an imperative for all WHO member states, partners, NGOs, civil society, leaders — at all levels, academia, research institutions, the media, and other stakeholders to prioritize investment in WASH services in health care facilities if we are to significantly improve the health and well-being of our people and accelerate progress toward the attainment of the multiple health-related SDGs…” (11/5).