31.03.17 - In health care facilities in low- and middle-income countries, water-borne diseases and hygiene conditions are particularly problematic, especially when considering the fact that patients are already ill, fragile and vulnerable. Especially in District Hospitals, patients are admitted for longer periods, exposing them to increased risk from deficient water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and -services.

H2Ospital project – safe water for health care facilities

The goal of CODEV’s EssentialTech project H2Ospital is to develop and test a water treatment system and a deployment model that incorporates the concept of sustainable maintenance, tailored to the user needs of District Hospitals, allowing for safe and reliable 24/7 water supply and good hygiene practices.

In a first phase of H2Ospital, water (treatment) systems in selected District Hospitals in the pilot countries Tanzania and Vietnam will be assessed and evaluated. Integrating the Value Chain approach and the development of a business model will in the long term lead to safe water treatment solutions.

Through improved access to safe water, the project's impact will be a reduction in water- borne diseases, in hospital-acquired infections, and a better quality of care.

WHO/Unicef’s global learning event on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities, Kathmandu, Nepal

The H2Ospital project manager Petra Kohler participated in the WHO/Unicef action-oriented solutions and learning event in Kathmandu, Nepal from 28.-30.03.2017 for presenting and exchanging with relevant actors from local, national, regional and global levels.

The objective of the international meeting was to rendezvous relevant stakeholders (policy-makers, country representatives, WASH and health practitioners, health facility administrators and planners, international organizations, NGOs and researchers) to share experiences and solutions on addressing key gaps and conceptualize action for improving WASH services and -infrastructure in health care facilities (HCF) in low- and middle income countries. To support ongoing knowledge exchange, all the gathered challenges and formulated solutions will be shared globally.

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Author:Petra KohlerSource:Cooperation