Water sanitation hygiene

NEW: WHO Guidelines on sanitation and health

1 OCTOBER 2018 - The new WHO Guidelines on Sanitation and Health articulate the role of the health sector in driving progress on access to safe sanitation and provide recommendations, implementation guidance and technical resources to maximize the health outcomes of sanitation interventions, based on a comprehensive review of evidence.

Progress of wastewater treatment: Monitoring methods and initial findings for SDG6.3.1

The SDG6.3.1 indicator report on “proportion of wastewater safely treated” describes the monitoring methodology and also presents preliminary estimates for domestic wastewater for 79 mostly high- and middle-income countries as well as supplementary data on safe use of wastewater. The report is produced as part of the UN-Water GEMI initiative for SDG6.3-6.6.

Strengthening operations and maintenance through water safety planning

Strong operations and maintenance (O&M) programmes underpin the effectiveness and sustainability of drinking-water supply systems. Water safety plans (WSPs) are a valuable tool to strengthen O&M programmes to ensure that water safety and service delivery targets are consistently met and that public health is protected.
This document presents case studies from lower and higher income settings around the world that highlight O&M benefits resulting from WSP implementation.

WHO water, sanitation and hygiene strategy 2018-2025

This strategy sets out the direction and role of WHO within the context of the SDGs and WHO’s 13th Programme of Work. It reinforces WHO’s traditional role as a source of authoritative guidelines, technical assistance, and evidence for policy-making. It describes how WHO will increase its impact through introduction of transformational approaches, and tackling new results areas like WASH in health care facilities.

Drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in schools: Global base line report 2018

The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP) has published a global baseline report on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in schools. According to the report, in 2016 69% of schools globally had a basic drinking water service and 66% had a basic sanitation service, but only 53% had basic hygiene services.

Bathing water quality: Updated evidence and WHO advice to the European Bathing Water Directive

WHO has completed a review of scientific evidence on bathing water quality. The review summarizes evidence since 2009 and provides recommendations for revision of bathing water quality classifications for coastal and inland beaches under the European Bathing Water Directive (BWD). The review will also inform updates to the WHO Guidelines on Safe Recreational Water Environments.

Business Models for Safe Resource Recovery from Waste

Humans generate millions of tons of waste every day that is rich in water, nutrients, energy and organic compounds. Yet, waste is not being managed in a way that permits us to safely derive value from its reuse.
This book provides a compendium of viable business models for safe resource recovery and reuse (RRR) based on analysis of over 60 case studies. The models were developed in collaboration with sanitation safety planning (SSP) and the WHO guidelines on safe use of wastewater to ensure public health is protected when waste is used.

Core questions and indicators for monitoring WASH in health care facilities in the Sustainable Development Goals

WHO and UNICEF, working with the Global Task Team for monitoring WASH in health care facilities (HCF), have developed a set of core questions and indicators for WASH in HCF, in support of monitoring WASH in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The indicators include definitions for basic water, sanitation, hand hygiene, health care waste management, and environmental cleaning services. WHO and UNICEF are in the process of collecting national data for these indicators, which will form the basis for a global baseline report on WASH in HCF planned for the end of 2018.

Developing drinking-water quality regulations and standards

This document provides practical guidance to support the development or revision of national or subnational drinking-water quality regulations and standards based on the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality. The principles and guidance presented are broadly applicable across countries and contexts and will help ensure that regulations and standards consider local needs, priorities and capacities to most effectively protect public health. Topics covered include guiding principles, getting started, selecting parameters and parameter limits, and setting out compliance monitoring requirements.

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