WHO Global Survey on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Hand Hygiene

The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) unit at WHO is coordinating a global survey on the current level of progress in IPC programmes and hand hygiene activities in healthcare facilities in the context of the annual WHO hand hygiene campaign –scheduled for 5 May 2019.

The survey has two levels, involving the completion of two tools at the facility:

  1. The WHO Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Framework (IPCAF)
  2. The WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework (HHSAF)

Healthcare facilities wishing to participate will receive an invitation after registering using this link or sending a request to who_ipc_globalsurvey@who.int.

All data submitted via the WHO IPC Global Survey online system will be confidential. English, French, and Spanish, versions are available (see dedicated pages) as well as some other languages. The survey will be open until 16 May 2019. For more information, please visit this link: https://www.who.int/infection-prevention/campaigns/ipc-global-survey-2019/en/



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.