Surgical site infections

According to WHO, surgical site infections (SSI) are the most frequent type of infection acquired during healthcare delivery in developing countries. Infections are also the most frequent complication following surgery across Africa. A recently published study in The Lancet reported that the most common procedure in 25 countries in Africa was caesarean section (33%), and infections were the most common complication resulting from overall surgeries. Among patients who died as a result of surgery, about 8% were as a result of a caesarean surgery.

Preventing surgical site infections is important in maternal health.

Read more about SSIs and what WHO is doing to prevent them here.

Save lives campaign: It’s in your hands – Prevent sepsis in health care

This year, WHO’s “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands” campaign focuses on sepsis in health care facilities. We encourage you to sign-up for the campaign (if you haven’t already!). We also wanted to share a publication written by our colleagues from the Infection Prevention and Control team at WHO on this campaign. They are calling on the global community for support in the prevention of sepsis.

Please share with your networks and use the links below to get information about this year’s campaign.