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August 2018

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Roundtable on WASH and AMR report

In June 2017, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine convened a roundtable to build on earlier discussions around research, feasibility and funding, and the politics of WASH and AMR. The roundtable moved beyond a purely microbiological framing and considered the differential risks and patterns associated with the three domains of household and community, […]

Unpacking the enabling factors for hand, cord and birth-surface hygiene in Zanzibar maternity units

This collaborative research, published in Health Policy and Planning, provides an in-depth picture of the state of hygiene on maternity wards in Zanzibar to inform action. Hygiene was assessed in 2014 across all 37 facilities with a maternity unit in Zanzibar. Researchers used a mixed methods approach, including structured and semi-structured interviews, and environemntal microbiology. This […]

Global Health Action: Hygiene on maternity units: lessons from a needs assessment in Bangladesh and India

As the proportion of deliveries in health institutions increases in low- and middle-income countries, so do the challenges of maintaining standards of hygiene and preventing healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) in mothers and babies. Adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and infection prevention and control (IPC) in these settings should be seen as integral parts of the […]