Getinge and WaterAid partner up to strengthen access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene at healthcare facilities worldwide

April 3, 2020

Getinge has announced a partnership with the international organization WaterAid. Their joint effort aims at contributing in the important work to ensure availability and sustainable management of clean water, sanitation and hygiene in healthcare facilities.

Access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene are some of the most basic and crucial requirements for hospitals to provide sustainable health care and lower the risks of spreading bacteria and viruses. It might sound like a given but in fact one out of four health care facilities globally lack access to clean water, and about 45 percent in Least Developed Countries. As a result, hundreds of millions of people each year are affected by healthcare acquired infections (HAI).

By teaming up with WaterAid, Getinge wants to contribute to healthcare and the society, and support the Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 6: to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

“At Getinge we are proud to support WaterAid, especially in these worrying times when the coronavirus keep spreading around the globe and putting a massive amount of pressure on hospitals, patients and caregivers,” says Magnus Lundbäck, Executive Vice President Human Resources and Sustainability at Getinge. “In this partnership we will bring our voice and knowledge and together do what we can to contribute to improved access of clean water, sanitation and hygiene in the world’s poorest communities. Having that access should be a given for all patients seeking help as well as for hospital staff.”

Today, thousands of people all over the world get ill because they are being treated at hospitals without clean water, nor the possibility for doctors and nurses to wash their hands with water and soap, or to sterilize medical instruments.

“As a result, people are dying, healthcare systems are collapsing and antimicrobial resistance is spreading. This is unacceptable, and by partnering with WaterAid, Getinge shows how committed they are to improving the situation,” says Cecilia Chatterjee-Martinsen, Chief Executive at WaterAid Sweden.

WaterAid have so far helped more than 28 million people in some of the world’s poorest communities to get access to clean water, and more than 28 million to get access to sanitation. The partnership with Getinge will enable even more efforts around the globe, to find new ways of establishing practical and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene solutions that fulfill the local needs.

Getinge has the announcement.