Transforming health systems: the vital role of water, sanitation and hygiene

Christine, Nurse Obstetrician, helps Awa to take care of her new born baby girl in Region of Segou, Mali. WaterAid/Basile Ouedraogo

"We must work to prevent the spread of disease. Improved water, sanitation and hygiene in health facilities is critical to this effort."

António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, March 2018.

WaterAid and its partners have influenced and supported government-led action to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in healthcare facilities around the world. Learn about the approaches we have taken, in partnership with health stakeholders, to strengthen health systems and quality of care for marginalised people.

We call on governments – led by ministries of health – and donor agencies, researchers and NGOs to redouble efforts to ensure every healthcare facility has the water, sanitation and hygiene necessary for quality care. Together we can make universal health coverage a reality.