In May 2019, a World Health Assembly Resolution on WASH in health care facilities was unanimously passed by all 194 Member States. WHO and UNICEF have produced 3 short videos highlighting the call to action on WASH in health care facilities and calling on Member States and partners to take action and commit to addressing the problem. You are invited to watch and share amongst your networks.
The UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment (GLAAS) 2019 Report features findings from 115 countries and 29 external support agencies on the status of WASH systems. The report covers four key areas of WASH systems (governance, monitoring, human resources and finance) with an emphasis on national WASH policies, plans and targets.
Studies reporting the presence of microplastics in treated tap and bottled water have raised questions and concerns about the impact that microplastics in drinking-water might have on human health. This report critically examines the evidence on the occurrence of microplastics in drinking-water and the potential risks to human health that may be associated with such exposure, with key findings, recommendations and research needs presented. It marks WHO’s first effort to investigate the potential human health risks associated with exposure to microplastics in the environment.
WHO is seeking feedback on a discussion paper on sanitation and climate change. The paper tackles climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation options for sanitation systems at both national and local levels. At local level the paper explores how to incorporate climate risks and related control measures within Sanitation Safety Planning. Send feedback to email@example.com
Since the establishment of the International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies (the Scheme) in 2014, WHO has been independently evaluating the performance of household water treatment (HWT) technologies in removing microbial contaminants from drinking-water. The Round II report of the Scheme summarizes the results of comprehensive, health-based performance evaluations of 20 HWT products, including chemical, solar and ultraviolet (UV) disinfectants, and ceramic and membrane filters.
Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000-2017: Special focus on inequalities
The World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund (WHO/UNICEF) Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP) produces internationally comparable estimates of progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and is responsible for global monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets related to WASH. This report presents updated national, regional and global estimates for WASH in households for the period 2000-2017.
WHO is seeking feedback on new sanitary inspection forms for sanitation systems. The forms follow the same format as established inspection forms for drinking water-supplies using standardized observation checklists to assess risks along with management advice sheets to guide O&M and remedial actions. Standalone technology factsheet from Annex 1 of the Guidelines can now be downloaded individually.
This new series offers insights on addressing today’s key WASH and health challenges, sharing honest reflections based on real-world experiences.
The first issue in the series Water safety planning: What have we learned so far? shares lessons learned from the past 15 years of practical implementation of water safety plans (WSPs), presenting candid observations and ideas for future WSP programme strengthening.
Basic services (including WASH: water, sanitation, hygiene, waste management and environmental cleaning) in health care facilities, particularly in maternity and primary care settings, are essential for achieving universal health coverage and for supporting aspects of quality, equity and dignity for all people. WHO and UNICEF have released two companion reports which provide the first global SDG baselines for WASH in health care facilities and outline a set of eight practical actions that countries can take at the national and sub-national level to achieve universal access. The latter also describes the WHO and UNICEF response to the 2018 UN Secretary-General’s Call to Action on WASH in health care facilities, including a global vision, and set of targets and metrics.
WHO works on aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) where the health burden is high and where evidence-based interventions could make a major difference.
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Latest WASH publications
UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) 2019 report
- Microplastics in drinking-water
Safely managed drinking-water
- Results of Round II of the WHO Household Water Treatment Evaluation Scheme
Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000-2017: