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.