User-friendly water, sanitation and hygiene in healthcare facilities in Cambodia

Image: WaterAid/ Tom Greenwood

From a human rights perspective, everyone, including vulnerable groups and those with specific requirements, has an equal right to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services and resources.

Accordingly, barriers that prevent or hinder use must be removed to promote people’s full participation, access and dignity.

Within healthcare facilities, access to safe WASH is vital for protecting human health and dignity, improving the quality of care, for infection prevention and control, safe delivery for mothers and newborns and to improve healthcare seeking behaviour.

This participatory management tool, aimed at ensuring inclusive access to WASH in healthcare facilities, was compiled with the help of several Cambodian-based NGOs, Disabled People’s Organizations, healthcare facility users, and government representatives from the health, WASH and disability sectors.