WASH in Kenyan hospitals: drivers and challenges to avert antimicrobial resistance and improve quality of care

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  • Organization Quality of Care Network Secretariat

Thursday 19 March, 2020 at 1:00 pm Nairobi time (EAT), 6:00 am New York (EDT), 10.00 am Accra (GMT), 11.00 am Geneva (CET), 3.30 pm New Delhi (IST) - duration: 1 hour

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The Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (Quality of Care Network) is organizing a webinar to present key findings and lessons from a study assessing water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) in 14 public hospitals in Kenya and how it impacts patient safety and quality of care.

The study ‘Evaluating the foundations that help avert antimicrobial resistance: Performance of essential water sanitation and hygiene functions in hospitals and requirements for action in Kenya’, conducted by the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme and partners[1], looks into the key drivers that improve WASH in facilities, such as infrastructure, availability of resources, leadership and innovations. The study zooms on the ward level to show how differences in accessing WASH can occur within a facility.


  • Dr. Michuki Maina, Paediatrician and Public Health Consultant who led the study, will present the tool (WASHFAST) that was used in the study to assess the WASH status at ward and facility level and present the study’s key findings.
  • Dr. Pauline Kamau, Senior Pharmacist at the Nyeri County referral hospital,  and county hospital Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Lead will unpack what these findings mean at county level in a setting where health is devolved, and what steps the hospital has taken to improve access to WASH, patient safety and quality of care.

The presentations will be followed by a Q & A session.

Who should join: Health practitioners and managers.



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[1] The Amsterdam University Medical Centers, University of Amsterdam, the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford and the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development.

Photo: A Senior Nurse Officer assists Linnet Daniel to breastfeed her newborn baby in a postnatal ward at Mukuru Health Centre, Kenya, in September 2016. © UNICEF/UN0199756/Noorani

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