Highlighting the need for more infection control practitioners in low- and middle-income countries

by V. Lipke, C. Emerson, C.McCarthy et al.
Public Health Action, Vol. 6, Nr. 3, 21 September 2016; pp. 160-163

4 pp. 106 kB

Many low- and middle-income countries struggle to implement, monitor and evaluate the efficacy of infection control (IC) measures within health care facilities. This hampers their ability to prevent nosocomial infections, identify emerging pathogens and rapidly alert officials to possible outbreaks. The lack of dedicated and trained IC practitioners (ICPs) is a serious deficit in the health care workforce, and is worsened by the lack of institutions that offer IC training. The authors conclude that trained ICPs can help prevent future outbreaks and control nosocomial transmission of diseases in health care facilities. For this to occur, supportive national policies, availability of training institutions and local administrative support will be required.

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