Infection Prevention and Control

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For more than a decade, Jhpiego has been an international leader in advocating for and implementing evidence-based standards for infection prevention (IP) practices that protect the client and health care worker, developing and implementing such efforts in more than 40 countries.

By systematically integrating IP into health care initiatives such as family planning, reproductive health, maternal and newborn health, and HIV/AIDS prevention programs, countries may:

  • Reduce the spread of infectious diseases
  • Promote the use of effective waste management
  • Minimize environmental pollution
  • Reduce the perceived risk of HIV infection for health care providers

Changing perceptions about risks related to infection prevention helps to reduce health care worker attrition and increases the likelihood that sufficient numbers of students will continue to complete basic education to become physicians, nurses, midwives and other types of health personnel.

Infection Prevention and Control: Reference Manual for Health Care Facilities with Limited Resources

Technical Resources

Infection Prevention and Control: Reference Manual for Health Care Facilities with Limited Resources is designed to provide IPC guidance to hospitals (e.g., tertiary care teaching, regional and district hospitals), clinics, and other health care facilities (e.g., in the private sector), including in resource-limited settings. Using the latest available evidence-based recommendations and guidelines, Jhpiego collaborated with colleagues from the Johns Hopkins Medicine Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention team to update and expand the 2003 Infection Prevention: Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities with Limited Resources.

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