The Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) and partners recently conducted on-site assessments at health care facilities (HCFs) implementing the Clean Clinic Model (CCM). These field visits included the participation of regional health office staff members, including the hygiene and sanitation department team leader, a WASH coordinator, and a monitoring and evaluation expert from the external resource mobilization department.
The monitoring tour was undertaken in three woredas – Farta, Dera, and North Mecha, located in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. Occurring over three days – May 24th, 25th, and 29th, 2023, the central aims of these visits were:
- To evaluate the progress of the program activities in HCFs, primarily focusing on CCM projects. The aim was to address pertinent issues and support the WASH and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) team’s efforts to advance these interventions.
- To engage in discussions with the woreda health office WASH-IPC team regarding the HCF’s progress, identify challenges, and obtain their support to guarantee the effective execution and sustainability of all action plans.
- To monitor the implementation of the recently established accountability and recognition modality, as well as deliberate on the plans for expanding the CCM approach as directed by the regional health bureau.
Since 2019, the MWA has been championing the CCM approach, aiming to improve the WASH service delivery models in HCFs. This initiative is part of the broader Conrad N. Hilton Foundation funded Sustainable WASH program (SWP) and is executed in collaboration with CRS (the thematic leader of WASH in HCFs under the SWP).