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Overcoming Hurdles in Handwashing: A Clinician’s Perspective in Driving Change on Healthcare Facilities

Purpose of this Webinar

In low- to middle-income countries (LMIC), up to 40% of neonatal deaths are attributed to sepsis, sometimes acquired during delivery or post-natal care in a healthcare facility (HCF).  Healthcare acquired infections (HCAI) which can result in sepsis are associated with unhygienic practices and inadequate infection prevention control mechanisms. Direct contact through hands, particularly those of the healthcare workers, is a common mode of transmission for pathogens that cause HCAI.  In this webinar, Nkwan Jacob Gobte, Supervisor of the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Program for Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, shares the methodology and results of a successful intervention in a Cameroon HCF, aimed at reducing the incidence of neonatal sepsis by targeting healthcare worker hand hygiene practices.  The multimodal program incorporated the distribution of locally produced alcohol based hand rub (ABHR) paired with infection prevention training, and also targeted other unhygienic practices within the facility.

Webinar Summary

The document below provides a comprehensive summary of the webinar, including challenges to implementing the intervention, and important points and questions raised in the discussion portion of the webinar.

Webinar 3 Full Summary (PDF)

Recommended Actions

The document below provides an overview of actionable steps for implementing an ABHR program in a HCF.

Webinar 3 Action Document (PDF)

Overcoming Hurdles in Handwashing: A Clinician’s Perspective on Driving Change in Healthcare Facilities

Webinar 3 PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

Webinar 3 Full Summary (PDF)

Recommended Actions

Webinar 3 Action Document (PDF)

Additional Resources

  1. Global Handwashing Day 2018

Visit the link above to see an archive of blogs, resources, and other content raising awareness for handwashing.  This year’s focus is on the links between handwashing and food.

  1. WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework

The document provides a framework for health-care facilities to track their progress in hand hygiene resources, promotion, and activities, plan their actions and aim for improvement and sustainability.