Infection prevention and control

Work in countries

Member State commitment to ongoing IPC action has in part been demonstrated through ministry of health ‘pledges’ to reduce health care-associated infection (HAI). This was instigated through the work of the First WHO Global Patient Challenge, which laid the foundations for the IPC Global Unit. Among its core functions, the IPC team continues to actively support country capacity-building for IPC action. By working effectively with colleagues across WHO and beyond, the team provides technical assistance for developing local IPC policies and guidelines, performs in-country assessments, convenes meetings focused on guideline development and implementation strategies and for the purpose of sharing of expertise, as well as providing ongoing virtual support.

Hand hygiene

Injection safety

Surgical site infections

Core components for IPC

Other interventions