Water sanitation hygiene

Water and sanitation for health facility improvement tool (WASH FIT)

A practical guide for improving quality of care through water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities

Authors:
World Health Organization, UNICEF

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Publication details

Number of pages: 104
Publication date: 2017
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-92-4-151169-8

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Overview

WASH FIT is a risk-based, continuous improvement framework with a set of tools for undertaking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) improvements as part of wider quality improvements in health care facilities. It is aimed at small primary, and in some instances secondary, health care facilities in low and middle income countries. WASH FIT is an adaptation of the water safety plan (WSP) approach, which is recommended in the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality as the most effective way of ensuring continuous provision of safe drinking-water. It is aimed at small primary, and in some instances secondary, health care facilities in low and middle income countries

WASH FIT is an adaptation of the water safety plan (WSP) approach, which is recommended in the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality as the most effective way of ensuring continuous provision of safe drinking-water. WASH FIT extends beyond water quality to address sanitation, hygiene, health care waste and other aspects of environmental health and health care facility management and staff empowerment. As such, it also draws upon WHO’s Sanitation Safety Planning as well as WHO recommendations for infection prevention and control. The guide contains a number of ready to use tools to help implement WASH FIT and step-by-step instructions for each stage.

WASH FIT Mobile

WASH FIT Mobile is an electronic version of the tool which enables better monitoring of WASH FIT implementation and analysis of progress and challenges at the facility level. The platform will enable provision of immediate technical support to assist facility staff in real-time trouble-shooting of challenges and ongoing learning and improvements. The platform was launched in March 2017 and will be undergoing further refinement with testing from the field. An app, for front line data collection is also available in the Android Google Play store or as a web app.