Hand Hygiene and Infection Prevention and Control more generally are key weapons in the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).
WHO’s 5 May 2017 campaign slogan, “Fight antibiotic resistance – it’s in your hands” demonstrates the unity between AMR and infection efforts.
Everyone can play their part and here’s how:
- health workers - clean your hands at the right times
- chief executive officers and managers of health facilities - support hand hygiene campaigning and IPC programmes to protect patients from antibiotic resistant infections
- policy makers - stop AMR spread by demonstrating national support for and commitment to infection prevention.
Find out more about WHO’s campaign on hand hygiene and IPC - WHO 5th May 2017
Infection Prevention and Control
New infection prevention and control (IPC) recommendations from WHO - the importance of IPC actions in fighting the AMR burden.
Why IPC is so important for global health?
IPC occupies a unique position in the field of patient safety and quality of care, as it is universally relevant to every health worker and patient, at every health care interaction
Without effective IPC it is impossible to achieve quality health care delivery and strong health systems
Why IPC in health care to combat AMR?
- Transmission of resistant bacteria from patient to patient (and to others) within health-care facilities amplifies the problem of AMR
- IPC best practices are crucial to combat AMR for two main reasons:
- they reduce occurrence of infection (any type of infection, not only due to resistant germs) by preventing microbial transmission, and consequently reduce antibiotics use (pressure) and therefore AMR
- they limit or stop the spread of multi-drug resistant microorganisms
- Countless success stories from around the globe document that effective IPC programs can reduce the spread of infection and recurrence of resistant bacteria in health care