Water in Healthcare Facilities in Low-Income Countries represents a neglected crisis. Instead of being models of good WASH practices, many HCF in low-income countries suffer from water shortages, poor water quality, deteriorating water infrastructure. Drawing from available data from 51 low and middle income countries, an estimated 61% of healthcare facilities have access to an improved water source within 500m. Where data exist on access to year-round water on premises, the percent coverage drops by more than 50%.
According to the WHO, WASH coverage in these settings is limited. A 2015 WHO report found:
- 38% of healthcare facilities do not have an improved water source within 500 meters.
- 35% of healthcare facilities do not have water and soap for handwashing.
- 19% of healthcare facilities do not have improved sanitation.
- 42% of healthcare facilities do not have adequate systems for safe disposal of healthcare waste.
Since 2006, the CGSW has been working to improve healthcare delivery for the world’s most vulnerable populations by addressing safe water in healthcare facilities in five countries (Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, Honduras, and Cambodia). Click on the tabs on the right to see examples of our work.