Infection prevention and control (IPC) is universally acknowledged as a vital component of a comprehensive approach to patient and healthcare worker safety, quality improvement, and improved health outcomes. The evolving landscape of emerging infectious diseases necessitates increased awareness and attention to IPC. A strong health system, which includes a culture and infrastructure of IPC, such as improved hygiene conditions, appropriate use and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), and improved healthcare waste management, will equip governments and communities to respond to and manage outbreaks, and will prevent the spread of infectious diseases including healthcare-associated infections (HAI). The 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa accelerated efforts to strengthen health systems. WHO is calling for IPC specialists to support Ebola Recovery
In an effort to stop the spread of the disease and treat infected patients, the WHO Department of Service Delivery and Safety is continuing to provide leadership on IPC in the ongoing response. To deliver on this commitment, the IPC team is currently working closely with countries on specific and focused IPC projects and some team members, including myself, are undertaking frequent missions to the countries concerned. The experience so far has been exciting and very positive, with many lessons learned and outstanding collaborations with national colleagues and partners.
Call for Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Specialist
Guinea and Sierra Leone have alerted WHO of a rapidly progressing outbreak of Ebola virus disease in forested areas of south-eastern Guinea,and Epi-linked cases also confirmed in Sierra Leone.WHO has been requested to support the outbreak response, including specifically in the area of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC).