Safe WASH is essential to provide basic health services, such as safe childbirth and surgery as well as to prevent healthcare-associated infections. However, healthcare facility staff in low- and middle-income countries often are inadequately trained on WASH. In order to effectively address WASH in the healthcare setting, it is important to speak the same language as the health staff, using familiar concepts such as: infection prevention and control (IPC), maternal and child health, universal health coverage, antimicrobial resistance, and quality of care.
In Cambodia, the CGSW developed a “WASH for Health” training in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Drawing from the existing IPC training curriculum, the training focuses on the four key topics where IPC and WASH overlap: hand hygiene, medical equipment processing, environmental cleanliness, and healthcare waste management. Additional modules provide an overview of safe WASH and the basics of IPC. The development of the training was guided by an expert steering committee. A training needs assessment was conducted prior to curriculum development to identify gaps, while M&E checklists were developed to assess sustained behavior change.