19th-23rd August sees the start of a discussion week on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and its relevance to patient safety & antimicrobial resistance (AMR). WHO's AMR community of practice will host the discussion week.
The focus of the discussion will be on the impact of WASH on the safety of health services and in particular the levels and spread of AMR.
The discussion will feed into a global meeting that will take place in Zambia in September 2019, where there will be a focus on what countries can do next to support implementation of the WHA 2019 resolution on WASH.
The WHO WASH team encourage the HIFA community to contribute to this debate and join the discussion during the week of 19-23 August. We understand many HIFA members will also be active contributors of the AMR NAP CoP already, it is easy to join: https://ezcollab.who.int/amr-nap?ReturnUrl=%2famr-nap%2fdiscussions%2fxk...
The discussion aims to inform the global meeting, stimulate thinking and discussion, provide an opportunity to outline WASH actions as entry points for AMR national action plans, and much more.
Thank you in advance for joining the discussion and for your contributions.
Jules Storr, on behalf of the WHO WASH team
Further information on what WHO & unicef are doing to progress the WASH in health care facilities agenda can be found on the new WASH in health care facilities knowledge portal https://www.washinhcf.org/ or by following us on Twitter @wash_for_health
HIFA profile: Julie Storr has over a decade of experience working for WHO on the development, implementation and evaluation of global improvement programmes in the field of patient safety, quality and infection prevention and control, with a focus on behaviour change. Her current work spans two WHO units – quality Universal Health Coverage and Global Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). Her technical and leadership expertise was called on to support WHO’s Ebola response and recovery efforts in 2014/15, with a focus on national IPC policy development in Sierra Leone. She led on the development of the recently published evidence based WHO Guidelines on the Core Components of Infection Prevention and Control Programmes at the National and Acute Health Care Facility Level. She was previously President of the Infection Prevention Society of the UK and Ireland, Assistant Director at the English National Patient Safety Agency and Director of the seminal cleanyourhands campaign. Julie has authored a book (Perspectives and Perceptions of IPC – highly commended at the 2016 BMA Medical Book Awards), published widely in the academic literature and is peer reviewer of a range of academic journals including Implementation Science, and on the international advisory board of the Journal of Infection Prevention. She is currently studying for a doctorate in public health (health care leadership and management) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore. @hifa_org
storrju AT who.int