AIDSTAR-One finalized a training resource that addresses problems around water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) at health facilities to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV and their families. The curriculum provides detailed activities to improve WASH systems in health facilities by ensuring a safe and sufficient supply of water, sanitation, and basic hygiene practices exist at the facility level. In resource-limited countries, many essential practices are lacking in the majority of health care facilities making adequate patient care more difficult, particularly for people living with HIV (PLWH) and others who are more likely to get an infection. This curricula was piloted in Kenya and Ethiopia in 2011. Included in this series are the facilitator and training manuals, as well as the pilot reports from Kenya and Ethiopia.
In April 2011, AIDSTAR-One with support from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) piloted a training curriculum in Ethiopia that aims to address water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) at health facilities to improve the quality of life of PLHIV and their families. The FMOH was integral to the development of the curriculum and multiple reviewers provided comments before the curriculum was finalized. During implementation of the pilot training, AIDSTAR-One engaged the Regional Health Bureau of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region in the selection of health facilities and the provision of the training to health care providers and administrators.
In February 2011, AIDSTAR-One, with support from the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MOPHS) piloted a training curriculum in Kenya that aims to address water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) at health facilities to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV and their families. To determine the impact of the training and to provide guidance on how to improve WASH knowledge and practices at the facility level, AIDSTAR-One, with support and leadership from the MOPHS, conducted a mixed-methods assessment in February 2012 examining the evidence in seven MOPHS health facilities in Kenya one year after AIDSTAR-One’s WASH training. Collecting both qualitative and quantitative data, the assessment examined existing WASH approaches at the seven clinic sites focusing on overall integration into the health clinic operations while also collecting baseline data for integration into the technical area of nutrition assessment, counseling, and support services to examine if integration into a technical area produces more sustainable WASH results.
Improving the Lives of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Through WASH: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene—Trainer Guide
This Trainer Guide is yours to keep. Use it each time you present the course. Please write your name on the cover. This Trainer Guide is a companion piece to the Participant Guide that you will give to the participants you train. The goal of the Trainer Guide is to make the training easier for you.
Improving the Lives of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Through WASH: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene—Participant Guide
This Participant Guide (PG) is yours to keep. You may write notes wherever you like. The PG includes key technical resources and references for further reading that will be used in almost all of the sessions in the course. Additionally, you can place relevant handouts, including job aids, in the appropriate PG sessions. The PG provides detailed technical information you need to know, including suggested readings for each day of the course as well as useful reference work that you can include when you return to your clinic or hospital.