Patient safety

Yaoundé, Cameroon - HUG, Switzerland

Yaoundé Central Hospital, Cameroon, is partnering with the Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG), Switzerland.

Yaounde Central Hospital is a 381 bed tertiary level general teaching hospital. The hospital employs nearly 800 staff including 95 doctors and nearly 270 nurses. The hospital provides surgical care, obstetrics, gynaecology and elderly care services along with radiology, intensive care, emergency services and an outpatient clinic to the population of the city and more widely across the country. The hospital is also a research and surveillance centre.

Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG) is a public, university hospital with 2200 beds, serving Geneva and its surrounding population (approximately 800,000). It employs almost 8,500 staff of whom 1,500 are medical doctors and other academics. One of the priorities of the hospital in its 2006-2010 Strategic Plan is to maintain the “spirit of Geneva”, by emphasizing Geneva’s role within Switzerland’s renowned commitment to humanitarian work. The hospital has pioneered work on infection control and hand hygiene and been at the forefront of the most significant changes in hand hygiene practices, the systematic use of alcohol-based handrubs as the new standard of care as part of a multimodal strategy to improve hand hygiene in health care.