As more than $120 Million in Commitments Announced at Historic Convening for Global Health; AHBN calls for greater investment in Africa on WASH in HCF
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As more than $120 Million in Commitments Announced at Historic Convening for Global Health; AHBN calls for greater investment in Africa on WASH in HCF ----Nearly 80 commitments to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities were publicly announced at a gathering in Washington, DC, on June 19, 2019
Philanthropies, non-governmental organizations, U.S. government agencies, financial institutions, corporations, universities, a Nobel laureate, a First Lady and the UN Secretary-General made history in global health — to ensure that every person, wherever they live, will receive healthcare at a hospital or health clinic where sustainable water, soap and toilets are available.
Nearly 80 commitments to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities were publicly announced at a gathering in Washington, DC, on June 19, 2019. [See summary of each commitment here.]
There are few places of greater vulnerability than to be sick and poor, or a woman giving birth, in a healthcare facility without the foundation of public health: water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). No global health problem is more serious — and solvable — than getting WASH into healthcare facilities.
The Africa Health Budget Network is honoured to be a part of this unprecendeted effort. We announced our commitment to in collaboration with our in-country partners in Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cameroon, Niger, Ghana and Senegal is strategically advocating and focusing on ensuring adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Maternity of all health facilities in Africa through budget analysis and advocacy targeting African leaders for greater financial investment to WASH in Health Care Facilities.
Forty-five percent of healthcare facilities in the world’s Least Developed Countries lack basic water services, according to the first-ever global baseline report, recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF (April 2019). Every year, 17 million women in these countries give birth in facilities without adequate WASH. This report, drawing on data from over 560,000 healthcare facilities in 125 countries, found that globally some two billion people use healthcare facilities without basic water services and 1.5 billion people use healthcare facilities without sanitation.
Funding commitments announced on June 19 totaled over $120 million, with millions more in technical assistance, research, evaluation, training, long-term maintenance strategies, and advocacy. Thousands of healthcare facilities stand to benefit across some 50 countries throughout Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
“I call on the 55 African Heads of States to seize the opportunity of the WHO resolution on WASH in Health Care Facilities and the Washington DC Commitment meeting to ensure greater investment and more allocation in their annual national budget and ensure timely and efficient disbursement to improve WASH in Health Care Facilities which will have direct impact on the survival of women and children and general wellbeing of the populace.“ said by Dr Aminu Magashi Garba the Coordinator of the Africa Health Budget Network
This U.S.-based event will be followed by a global event on WASH in healthcare facilities in Zambia (September 9-11, 2019) organized by WHO and UNICEF, to focus on country action and global work plans.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres opened the event with this message by pre-recorded video:
Last year, I announced a Call to Action to improve water, sanitation and hygiene services in health facilities, as we strive to achieve universal health coverage. UNICEF and WHO responded, detailing specific actions governments can take by 2030. Member States’ commitments were embodied in the Resolution adopted at the recent World Health Assembly. I urge you to offer all your support. Together, we can solve this crisis.
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s President and CEO, Peter Laugharn, a leader in WASH funding, offered the keynote and a $13.5 million commitment: “Part of our commitment is financial. But that’s not the most important part of our commitment. We’re developing a new model of partnership and collaboration through demonstration sites at the district-level in six countries that focuses on strengthening the capacity of local actors. We see this as benefiting not only the WASH community, but others working in health and education, too.”
Young professionals from around the world were represented in this 2-minute video.
Leaders from dozens of private organizations offered commitments alongside the World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among them:
The convening’s co-sponsors underscored the availability of WASH in healthcare as fundamental to global health:
Global Water 2020 Principal, David Douglas:
“Tens of thousands of hospitals and clinics are operating less as centers of healing than centers of infection. This gathering is the latest confirmation that safe, sustainable, WASH in healthcare facilities at long last occupies the spotlight of global health attention. This unprecedented collection of commitments confirms that these organizations will never allow the issue of WASH in healthcare facilities to be ignored again."
Global Health Council Executive Director, Loyce Pace:
“The impact of WASH on all other global health sectors cannot be overlooked. We cannot see improvements in maternal and child health and nutrition, as well as improving pandemic response and addressing antimicrobial resistance, if WASH services, particularly in clinics and hospitals, remain inadequate. This gathering presents the global health and WASH communities with an historic Call to Action to ensure quality health care services by recognizing the importance of WASH in all facets of our work.”
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Zainab Nasir Ahmad