Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are estimated to affect up to 15% of hospital inpatients in low-income countries (LICs). A critical but often neglected aspect of HAI prevention is basic environmental hygiene, particularly surface cleaning and linen management. TEACH CLEAN is an educational intervention aimed at improving environmental hygiene. The authors evaluated the effectiveness of this intervention in a pilot study in three high-volume maternity and newborn units in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
This document is a guidance note on elevating the role of cleaners in healthcare facilities written by Hayley Schram, Lindsay Denny, and Global Water 2020 in preparation for 'Thank Your Cleaner Day' on October 21. This document proposes 12 actions to elevate cleaners in healthcare facilities and provides resources for key stakeholders, organizations, and individuals working with or interested in environmental cleanliness and cleaners.
Launched to coincide with World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) 2019, this evidence- and expert consensus-based document provides the minimum requirements for building strong and effective IPC programmes at the national and facility level. They should be in place for all countries and health care facilities to support further progress towards full implementation of all recommendations on the WHO core components of IPC programmes.
Poster presented and awared with the first prize at 2018 International Tech4Dev Conference, EPFL Lausanne.
Abstract: Hospital acquired infections (HAI) pose a significant threat to the health of patients and health care employees in developing countries. Limited resources are available for health facilities: It is estimated that 15% of patients in low-income countries develop one or more infections during a hospital stay, of which water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is a contributor (Allegranzi et al., 2011). Infections account for a third of the 3.6 million neonatal deaths each year and for 15% of maternal deaths (Lawn et al., 2010). In 2016 Ministry of Health and UNICEF started a pilot project in 55 Zambian health care facilities implementing basic WASH infrastructures including disinfectant production, waste management and hand washing to effectively prevent diseases. A specific focus was given to mother and child health to reduce burden of disease by autonomous production of sodium hypochlorite, using electrolysis to transform saline solution into disinfectant with WATA technology.