This means that 1.8 billion people use facilities that lack basic water services and 800 million use facilities with no toilets. Across the world’s 47 least-developed countries, the problem is even greater: half of health care facilities lack basic water services. Furthermore, the extent of the problem remains hidden because major gaps in data persist, especially on environmental cleaning.
L’article original: https://fr.zenit.org/2021/03/24/le-cardinal-turkson-denonce-les-speculations-sur-leau-entretien/ Le projet WASH du Saint-Siège expliqué « S’agissant d’eau, d’hygiène, de pauvreté et de santé, nous traitons vraiment les questions que Jésus nous adressera au jugement final », affirme le cardinal Peter Turkson, qui évoque les initiatives du Saint-Siège pour l’accès universel à l’eau potable, dans cet entretien accordé à Zenit. Il dit sa […]Read More
Original article: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-cardinal-access-to-clean-water-must-be-a-priority Vatican City, Mar 25, 2021 / 12:00 pm MT (CNA).- It must be an international priority to ensure that everyone has access to clean, potable water. That is the firm belief of the Vatican. Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, told CNA that the Holy See […]Read More
The pandemic is a reminder of the intimate and delicate relationship between people and the planet. Any efforts to make our world safer are doomed to fail unless they address the critical interface between people and pathogens, and the existential threat of climate change, that is making our Earth less habitable.
Water, sanitation and hygiene is a fundamental human right. There is no place where such services are more important, than in health care facilities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic which is ravaging our communities. I call on all countries and national authorities to act now and invest in universal WASH in health care facilities.
Water, sanitation and hygiene services in health facilities are the most basic requirements of infection prevention and control, and of quality care. They are fundamental to respecting the dignity and human rights of every person who seeks health care and of health workers themselves.
During these unprecedented times, it’s even more clear how fundamental WASH is for prevention of infections and improving health outcomes. We must work even closer together to ensure that WASH is included in all interventions and at scale. COVID-19 provides a new entry point to build on