Improving the Lives of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Through WASH: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene—Participant Guide

Welcome to this course on Improving the lives of people living with HIV (PLHIV) through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). This training is different from many courses, and we believe that you will enjoy it a great deal. The goal is to help PLHIV live better and healthier lives.

For effective functioning of health care settings, it is important to include a safe and sufficient supply of water, sanitation, and basic hygiene practices. In resource-constrained countries, many of these essentials are lacking in the majority of health care facilities, making adequate patient care more difficult, particularly for PLHIV and others who are more likely to get an infection. Addressing the problems around WASH can substantially improve the quality of life of PLHIV and their families. Providing patients and caregivers with practical educational messages to promote safe WASH can reach homes and communities at large.

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.