Global Infection Prevention and Control Network (GIPC Network)
The Global Infection Prevention Control (GIPC) Network’s aim is to enhance local, national (Member States) and international coordination and collaboration in the field of infection prevention and control (IPC) and to support WHO’s and Member States’ efforts on IPC; from preparedness, to IPC systems and programmes’ strengthening, outbreak prevention and control, as well as capacity building for surveillance. Ultimately, the GIPC Network’s goal is the reduction of health care-associated infection (HAI) (including in the context of outbreaks) and to address the global burden of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in support of all Member States and WHO priorities. In doing so, the GIPC Network in particular focuses on the needs of low- and middle-income health care settings/countries, contributing to the formulation and spread of evidence-based recommendations, adaptable to different settings and considering best use of often scarce resources.
The GIPC Network is administered by the WHO’s Service Delivery and Safety Department, under the auspices of the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) global unit. It was previously administered by another WHO department, however, an refreshed coordination and engagement plan was launched in 2016, following the creation of the WHOIPC global unit. In their function, the IPC global unit collaborates with the WHO AMR secretariat, the WHO Infectious Hazard Management department and relevant focal points in regional offices to ensure the Network is comprehensive and inclusive in its vision. The GIPC Network is not an independent legal entity but a collaborative mechanism between the interested parties, including WHO and participants.