Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Situation in Health Care Facilities
in Tanzania Mainland and way forward
Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities (HCFs) is important as it ensures quality and safe care needed by humans and minimizes the risk of infection to patients and their caretakers, healthcare workers and the communities around. Infectious disease risks facing HCFs are costly economically as they pose a great financial burden to the government, health sector, health care system and individual and their families. Absence of safe water and acceptable conditions of sanitation and hygiene in the majority of HCF settings in the developing countries continue to be blamed for its contribution to perpetuating infections that increase morbidities, hospitalization and mortalities among both the adults and young children.