Water Safety In Health

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Water safety and quality are fundamental to human development and well-being. Providing access to safe water is one of the most effective instruments in promoting health and reducing poverty. As the international authority on public health and water quality, WHO leads global efforts to prevent transmission of waterborne disease. Nonetheless, sanitation generally refers to the provision of facilities and services for the safe disposal of human urine and feces. Inadequate sanitation is a major cause of disease world-wide and improving sanitation is known to have a significant beneficial impact on health both in households and across communities. Last but not least, hygiene is a set of practices performed to preserve health. According to the World…show more content…
The overall problem here is that National plans for WASH services in health care facilities are lacking and that large disparities in WASH services in health care facilities currently exist between and within countries. The World Health Organization recognizes that urgent action is needed to improve sanitation practices across the globe. Realizing improvements in WASH in health care facilities will require commitment from partners in both the health and environment sector at every level-local, national and global. WHO and UNICEF will strive to raise awareness, foster commitment and work, with partners, to develop and implement a global action…show more content…
Adequate water, sanitation and hygiene are essential components of providing basic health services. The provision of WASH in health care facilities serves to prevent infections and spread of disease, protect staff and patients, and uphold the dignity of vulnerable populations including pregnant women and the disabled. Many health care facilities in low resource settings have no WASH services, severely compromising the ability to provide safe and people-centered care and presenting serious health risks to both health care providers and those seeking treatment.
Water and Sanitation
In 2010, the UN General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation. Everyone has the right to sufficient, continuous, safe, acceptable, physically accessible, and affordable water for personal and domestic use. In addition, contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio. Absent, inadequate, or inappropriately managed water and sanitation services expose individuals to preventable health risks.

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