More Political Commitment Needed To Improve WASH In Health Care Facilities Worldwide, U.N. Says

NPR: Shocking New Statistics About Water And Hygiene In Hospitals Around The World
“…[I]n 17 countries at least one in five health care facilities has no clean water service on site. That’s just one of many disturbing findings in a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. That data, collected in 2016 from 69 low- and middle-income countries and territories, amounts to the first comprehensive global assessment of water, sanitation, and hygiene in health care facilities ranging from hospitals to rural clinics…” (Aizenman, 4/3).

U.N. News: Lack of basic water facilities risks millions of lives globally: U.N. health agency
“…In an appeal for more countries to invest in water and sanitation (WASH) services, [Bruce Gordon, coordinator of WHO’s work on water and sanitation,] said that political commitment was was key. ‘We know WASH generally needs strong public financing through taxes, yes, there is a lot of movement to get private funds … but if we are actually to reach the vulnerable, who have very little resources, public expenditure and taxation needs to be a big part of the equation’…” (4/3).

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