The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), through the WHO/ UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP), have produced regular updates on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) since 1990. Together, they are responsible for monitoring the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets 6.1 and 6.2 and supporting global monitoring of other WASH-related SDG targets and indicators.

This first JMP report on WASH in health care facilities introduces new service ladders for basic services (Figure 1). It establishes national, regional and global baseline estimates that contribute towards global monitoring of SDG targets for universal access to WASH (SDG 6.1 and 6.2) and for universal health coverage (SDG 3.8).

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