We are pleased to share with you our Annual Report for 2018-19.
In this period we celebrated the global launch of our Training in Environmental Hygiene and Cleaning in Healthcare (TEACH CLEAN) package. TEACH CLEAN’s launch helped to address the lack of formal training for those who clean and promote infection prevention control (IPC) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) standards for a safer environment – underpinning health for all. TEACH CLEAN training is currently being implemented in Tanzania and Myanmar and the first formal evaluation of the package is underway. Details of the great progress being made in these countries is included in the annual report.
TEACH CLEAN has been shared in more than 20 different countries around the globe and we look forward to receiving feedback from those end users.
In 2018, the WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene published core questions and indicators for monitoring WASH in HCFs in the Sustainable Development Goals. Soapbox were delighted to contribute to the development of these indicators and, in particular, focused on IPC measures such as environmental cleaning. WHO and UNICEF subsequently released the WASH in Health Care Facilities JMP report – the first global baseline estimates for WASH, healthcare waste management and environmental cleaning services in HCFs. The companion report – WASH in HCF Practical Steps to Achieve Universal Access to Quality Care outlines a set of eight practical actions that countries can take to improve WASH services – providing some inspiring practical case studies including Soapbox’s TEACH CLEAN training in Tanzania.
Since 2014, Soapbox has had a successful partnership with Felege Hiwot Comprehensive Specialized Hospital (FHCSH) as part of the Aberdeen-Bahir Dar Knowledge Exchange Partnership. Student projects form a key component of the partnership’s success and in 2019 University of Aberdeen medical student Victoria Kinkaid, carried out research into overcrowding on the maternity unit in an attempt to reduce maternal and childhood mortality and morbidity.
The report contains more details about the work mentioned here and other highlights of the last 12 months; download here.
Soapbox has received requests from a diverse range of stakeholders including Ministries of Health, IPC societies, training institutions and NGOs – locations for intended roll out are shown above.