WHO, UNICEF estimate: worldwide half of healthcare facilities globally lack basic hygiene services

New estimates by WHO and UNICEF show that around the world, half of all healthcare facilities worldwide lack basic hygiene services. According to the latest Joint Monitoring Program on hygiene, this means approximately 688 million people globally are receiving care at facilities that offer no hygiene services at all.

In the least developed countries only 53 percent of healthcare facilities were found to have on-premise access to a protected water source. And globally around three percent of healthcare facilities in urban areas and 11 percent in rural areas were found to have no water service.

One in 10 countries with available data claimed to have no sanitation service, with figures ranging from three percent in Latin America and the Caribbean to 22 percent in sub-Saharan Africa.