Healthcare professionals are at the frontline of delivering essential healthcare to society – the newborn, the sick and the old. But they often lack the most basic means to keep our patients safe – clean water, toilets and the means to maintain hygiene.

The Healthy Start campaign is bringing together health professionals from around the world because we know:

  • Clean water, toilets and good hygiene are fundamental to delivering quality healthcare for all patients.
  • Without them, millions of newborn babies and mothers are at risk from life-threatening preventable infections every year.
  • Better water and sanitation services in healthcare facilities make for a better, and safer, working environment and a healthier and happier workforce.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that 38% of healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries lack access to water, 19% do not have adequate sanitation and 35% do not have soap for handwashing.

Leaders of all UN member states have promised to ensure healthy lives and well-being for all by 2030. This will be impossible without clean water, adequate sanitation and good hygiene in all healthcare facilities – that's why we're working with health professionals to call for quality healthcare for all by 2030.

Read our full petition letter to health ministers >