One Drop’s commitment to WASH in Health Care Facilities
The “WASH in healthcare facilities” resolution, which was unanimously approved by all 194 World Health Organization Member States, sets out clear plan to develop national roadmaps, set and monitor targets, increase investments in infrastructure and human resources, and strengthen existing systems to improve and sustain water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services in healthcare facilities.
Our International Programs Director, Lauren Alcorn, presented One Drop’s commitment to WASH in Health Care Facilities (HCF).
One Drop fully supports the global Call to Action to prioritize WASH in all healthcare facilities, by investing in WASH infrastructure, and providing technical assistance in behaviour change approaches towards the adoption of key behaviours that protect both care providers and patients.
One Drop’s innovative Social Art for Behaviour Change approach is being applied to WASH in HCF initiatives, aimed at ensuring that improved WASH services translate into better and safer quality of care.
One Drop is currently supporting WASH in healthcare facilities initiatives in Haiti and Malawi, and soon in Burkina Faso and Mali; the focus is on co-financing & providing technical assistance specific to Behaviour Change. One Drop’s current financial contribution amounts to US $8M across the 4 countries, benefitting a total of 50 healthcare facilities—and our intention is to increase our commitment. Each of these projects is unique to its individual context, and we are documenting the learnings, working in collaboration with our partners and agencies (like the CDC), towards consolidating our expertise as contributing members of the Global Task Force led by the WHO.