Soapbox is currently working in partnership with Water Aid, the Zanzibar Ministry of Health and Pemba Public Health Laboratory who are together managing a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project to improve health service quality to contribute to efforts to reduce infections and improve maternal health in Zanzibar.
There is increasing recognition that WASH and maternal health are strongly linked, through both direct and indirect routes. It is also recognised that adequate WASH standards are essential for the delivery of good quality healthcare. It is important for the prevention of contamination and infection within healthcare facilities, but also for harder-to measure aspects such as the degree of service user and staff satisfaction.
The research programme’s main objectives are to improve WASH conditions in healthcare facilities in Zanzibar and to provide a robust monitoring system.
Soapbox is a key technical advisor in the collaboration providing expertise in the design and audit of surveys as well as advice on the collection of baseline data and the design of a “live quality monitoring tool”.