No country or health system, even the most developed or sophisticated, can claim to be free of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Effective Infection Prevention Control (IPC) needs safe healthcare settings for adequate IPC programmes in all facilities, adequate training and more quality personal-protective equipment.

This was the core message from Ana Paula Coutinho Rehse’s presentation, technical officer at WHO Europe, that was largely shared by the participants of the CEI-WHO Task Force webinar held on 14 October 2020.

Defective IPC programmes have come under the spotlight as a result of COVID-19 and previous large-scale outbreaks. However, the problems faced by IPC professionals are long-lasting and deep-rooted.

According to data elaborated by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, more than 2.6 million new cases of healthcare-associated infections occur every year in Europe. To reverse this trend, a structural change is needed, with effective IPC requiring constant action at all levels of the health system, from policymakers to facility managers, health workers and those who access health services.

 

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