UNHCR WASH Resources

UNHCR Key Activities for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response (UNHCR, 2020)


Publisher: UNHCR Year: 2020 Description: The following is a breakdown of key considerations for COVID-19 preparedness and response to support regional and country operations in planning and resource mobilization. These are based on WHO technical guidelines and UNHCR guidance for operations and where relevant operation or site level outbreak preparedness and response plans.


    WASH and Energy Checklist for Health Facilities (UNHCR, 2020)


    A WASH and Energy Checklist for rapid assessments of Health Facilities in refugee contexts.


    Water and Sanitation for Health Facility Improvement Tool (WHO, 2018)


    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.


      Overview of Technologies for the Treatment of Infectious and Sharp Waste from Health Care Facilities (WHO, 2019)


      This document provides an overview of specific health care waste technologies for the treatment of solid infectious and sharp waste. For each technology, details of its operation, effects on the environment and health, requirements for installation, capacities for treating waste, examples of consumables and advantages and disadvantages are described. The document is designed for health care facility administrators and planners, WASH and infection prevention control staff, national planners, donors and partners.


        Safe Management of Wastes from Health Care Activities – 2nd Ed (WHO, 2014)


        This handbook provides comprehensive guidance on safe, efficient, and environmentally sound methods for the handling and disposal of health-care wastes in normal situations and emergencies.


          WASH in Health Care Facilities in Emergencies (WHO, 2011)


          This document contains recommendations for setting minimum Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) standards in health-care facilities in emergencies in order to provide an adequate and safe level of health-care in addition to minimizing the risk of health-care facility related infection for patients, staff and carers.


          Essential Environmental Health Standards in Health Care (WHO, 2008)


          This document provides guidance on essential environmental health standards required for health care in medium- and low-resource countries and support the development and implementation of national policies. These guidelines have been written for use by health managers and planners, architects, urban planners, water and sanitation staff, clinical and nursing staff, carers and other health-care providers, and health promoters.


          Global WASH Cluster Webinar on WASH for Preventing COVID-19


          PowerPoint PPT presentation from the webinar held on 11 Mar 2020 with WASH Cluster Members providing brief overview of the COVID-19 WASH situation, WASH response, technical resources, and WASH partner updates.


          Handwashing with Soap for Coronavirus Prevention (WASH’EM 2020)


          This resource reminds us the simple act of handwashing with soap remains the best defense against coronavirus, other outbreak pathogens and common global killers such as diarrhoeal diseases and respiratory infections. In this guide we give you practical tips for how to encourage community-level handwashing behaviour with the aim of controlling and preventing the spread of the coronavirus.