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The Global call for action on infection prevention and control: Implication for low income countries

Gertrude Sika Avortri (Department of Health Systems and Services, World Health Organization, Harare, Zimbabwe)
Juliet Nabyonga-Orem (Department of Health Systems and Services, World Health Organization, Inter-Country Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Article publication date: 8 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) constitute a major threat to patient safety and affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The World Health Organization in 2016 published guidelines on the core components for infection prevention and control (IPC) programme. This was in response to a global call for focused action. The purpose of this paper is to examine and promote understanding of the tenets of the IPC guidelines and highlight their implications for implementation in low-income countries.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing from personal experiences in leading the implementation of health programmes as well as a review of published and grey literature on IPC, authors discussed and proposed practical approaches to implement IPC priorities in low-income setting.

Findings

Availability of locally generated evidence is paramount to guide strengthening leadership and institutionalisation of IPC programmes. Preventing infections is everybody’s responsibility and should be viewed as such and accorded the required attention.

Originality/value

Drawing from recent experiences from disease outbreaks and given the heavy burden of HAIs especially in low-income settings, this paper highlights practical approaches to guide implementation of the major components of IPC.

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Acknowledgements

The authors declared no competing and conflicting interest, and no additional data were available. GSA and JNO participated in the conceptualization of the analysis; GSA led the drafting of the manuscript. JNO participated in the drafting of the manuscript; both authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Citation

Avortri, G.S. and Nabyonga-Orem, J. (2019), "The Global call for action on infection prevention and control: Implication for low income countries", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 927-940. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHCQA-03-2018-0063

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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