The Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene at Emory University (CGSW) developed an assessment tool to evaluate WASH conditions within health Care facilities in low- and middle-income countries. This tool is known as the WASH Conditions Assessment Tool.
The tool helps to do the following:
- Develop a comprehensive overview of the status of WASH conditions, infrastructure and resources in a given HCF
- Provide real-time data for information and prioritization of activities to improve WASH in HCF
- Contributing to the evidence base for advocacy for WASH in HCF
ACHAP Secretariat in partnership with Emory University with support from Water lines USA hosted a training on WASH in Health facilities in the second week of June 2018 from 11th to 16th in Nairobi, Kenya . The training brought together participants from 5 CHAs (Christian Health Associations), members of ACHAP coming from 5 African countries such as Lesotho, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya.
IMA World Health, ACHAP key partner organized a two-day gathering(29-30 May, 2018) in Nairobi. Kenya of more than 20 representatives from several country offices and partners from the Africa Christian Health Associations Platform. The goal was to build capacity in storytelling, photography and communications ethics and to create a support and sharing network among field and HQ communications staff.
In the very beginning of July,2018 CHAN conducted a TOT with health workers on HIV protocols and stigma and discrimination with the following objectives towards eliminating stigma and discrimination in health care settings of the CHAN network by:
- Raising awareness on stigma and discrimination including in the context of rights for people living with HIV and the negative impact of stigma
- Supporting the enforcement of protocols and code of conduct (including the patient charter) that enhances patient rights and obligations at health facilities
- Support the enforcement of protocols and code of conduct that enhance the protection of health workers from occupational exposure to HIV
This will be achieved through developing a checklist for a stigma free facility environment and putting policies in place, having a code of conduct in place to guide HCW at workplace., conducting capacity-building programs for HCW to update their knowledge on HIV/AIDS, developing and action plan on S& D as well as putting on place a monitoring and evaluation program.
The training curriculum was adapted from other member UNAIDS, CHAs or from groups in Nigeria that have worked on stigma and discrimination. A pre and post-test questionnaire was also administered to the trainees.