Introducing WASH in Health Facilities Data Exchange (WHdx).

Analytics, insights and decision-support tools to accelerate universal WASH access in health care facilities.

Call for Feedback

The WHdx Data Exchange Standard is open for public comment through November 11th.

To finalize the WHdx Data Standard, Global Water Challenge seeks feedback and welcomes anyone with experience in WASH in healthcare settings to provide comments, including government, NGOs/CSOs, academic, donor, and the private sector.

Deadline: Friday, November 11, 2022

share data

WHdx has created a draft data standard for public review and comment.

 

access data

The data playground will provide access to WHdx data and offer users the opportunity to filter based on geographical and other categorical variables.

use data

Advanced analytical tools will be developed to enhance the WHdx dataset and help governments and their partners improve decisions being made on a regular basis.

Water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Health Care Facilities (HCF’s) is critical to quality health care and saving lives.

However today WASH is HCFs is sub-standard in all regions
- 1.7 BN people rely on health facilities without sanitation.

WASH in healthcare facilities protects patients, health workers and communities by:

  • Preventing infections
  • Enabling more effective vaccine rollouts
  • Improving maternal and reproductive health
  • Reducing health systems costs
  • Increasing health system resilience

In 2021, the majority of health facilities in least developed countries lack essential WASH services.

  • 53% with basic water services
  • 21% with basic sanitation services
  • 32% with basic hygiene services

Up-to-date standardized data is needed to guide investments, monitor services and improve policies.

The lack of widespread, easily accessible and credible health facility-level data impedes progress towards universal coverage of WASH services in healthcare facilities.

Currently, on the national/international scale:

  • Only broad data from externally-conducted assessments exist
  • Few national health monitoring systems collect useful information on WASH in HCF
  • Any localized data is rarely compiled into a user-friendly, updated dataset

While WASH data in healthcare facilities is becoming more available, stakeholders are limited in their capacity to compile, manipulate and target available data.

UN Global Call to Action

In 2018 the United Nations called for urgent, prioritized action and accountability on WASH in all Health Care Facilities to meet SDG 6 - WASH Services For All.

By effectively integrating data from multiple sources, the WHdx platform will guide critical decisions for targeted investments and operational improvements.

SHARE

ACCESS

OPEN, STANDARDIZED, REALTIME DATA

TO IMPROVE WATER INVESTMENTS, PROGRAMS AND POLICIES

USE

REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS
REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS
NATIONAL WATER & FINANCE MINISTRIES
NATIONAL WATER & FINANCE MINISTRIES
DISTRICT WATER OFFICES
DISTRICT WATER OFFICES
NGOS
NGOS
DONORS
DONORS
COMPANIES
COMPANIES

WHdx will:

  • Include data from facilities of all sizes – from health posts to hospitals
  • Allow data disaggregation by hospital vs. non-hospital
  • Enable facility and district-level data to be updated by multiple organizations
  • Provide a granular record of WASH facilities at specific institutions over time

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