Patient safety

Dakar, Senegal - HUG, Switzerland

University Hospital Fann, Dakar, Senegal, is partnering with the Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG), Switzerland.

University Hospital Fann is a 314 bed tertiary care teaching hospital and is a referral hospital for infectious diseases. Its services include neurosurgery, psychiatry, infectious diseases, emergency care, an outpatients clinic, radiology and cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. 692 staff, including 114 doctors and 361 nurses, serve the local population in Dakar that numbers around 1.5 million.

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.