Published in: 2023
Manolakos, D. and Schmitz, N.
The WASH for Health approach presents significant opportunities for advancing not only SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing) and SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) through improving public health outcomes, including WASH in infectious disease control, health system strengthening, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Adopting the One Health approach provides a broader perspective, facilitating the integration of key action fields shared by the WASH and health sectors and even further connecting them with the broader SDG agenda and cross-cutting topics such as gender, nutrition, and climate. This holistic approach for WASH for Health not only enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of interventions but also strengthens the collective capacity to address complex challenges at the intersection of WASH and Health. Embracing this approach holds the promise of promoting better health outcomes and sustainable development for all. The project examples in this paper illustrate how a successful cooperation between the sectors is already happening, serving as valuable learning tools for individuals, and organizations.
1. WASH IN INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONTROL: PREVENTION, EARLY DETECTION, AND PANDEMIC RESILIENCE
1.1. WASH in Schools
1.2. Hygiene Promotion and Behaviour Change
1.3. The Human-Animal Interface
1.4. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
2. STRENGTHENING HEALTH SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE SERVICES AND RESILIENT INSTITUTIONS
3. SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS
3.1. Access to Menstrual Health and Hygiene
3.2. The Intersection of Maternal and Newborn Health, Breastfeeding and WASH
Manolakos, D. and Schmitz, N. (2023). Discussion Paper on WASH for Health - Prevention is the best medicine (2.0). GIZ
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