WaterAid, the International Confederation of Midwives and the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Association (CNMF) have joined together to launch a global campaign to make sure every health care facility in the world has access to water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030 as promised by world leaders.
Clean water, proper toilets, and soap for handwashing are fundamental to delivering quality health care. However a WHO and UNICEF study of 66,000 health facilities across 54 low and middle income countries found that 38% did not have an improved water source, 19% did not have improved sanitation, and 35% did not have water and soap for handwashing. This has devastating consequences for both health care workers and clients, particularly babies. One in five babies die in their first month of life in low and middle income countries and four babies die every five minutes in sub-Saharan Africa or Southern Asia from highly preventable causes such as sepsis, meningitis or tetanus.
The CNMF is urging all nurses, midwives and other health care professionals to organise an event on Global Handwashing Day, 15 October, to publicise the campaign.
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