Our partnership with WaterAid is taking a new direction by assisting with a programme to improve maternity services in Myanmar. Funded by UNICEF, WaterAid is working with the Government of Myanmar and key stakeholders to assess the need for Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities. This will seek to address current gaps in information on infection prevention and control (IPC) and good hygiene practices and build a longer term programme of improvements.
Soapbox will provide technical advice in our specialist areas of environmental hygiene, IPC, maternal and newborn care practices. We will assist with the development of the needs assessment methodology and tools and training materials for local health professionals to undertake the data gathering and, finally, contribute to the recommendations for enhancements. This is an exciting new venture that provides an opportunity for Soapbox to contribute a programme of sustained improvements in maternity services in a new geographic area.