An increased number of women are attending health facilities for antenatal care, labour, childbirth and neonatal care. One in ten deaths associated with pregnancy and childbirth is due to sepsis with more than 95% of deaths due to maternal sepsis occurring in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Caesarean section is the single most important risk factor for maternal infection after childbirth. Among hospital-born babies, infections are responsible for 4% to 56% of all causes of death in the neonatal period and three in ten deaths due to neonatal sepsis are attributable to resistant pathogens. Therefore, there is an urgent need for strengthened training strategies, more specifically, on improving successful infection prevention and control (IPC) implementation and country capacity building. Staff working in maternal and neonatal wards – specifically, antenatal care outpatient services, maternal and neonatal inpatient services and neonatal intensive care services.
Deaths from maternal and neonatal sepsis expose broader health determinants and underlying issues of quality of care including infrastructure constraints, inconsistent use of infection preventive measures, delayed diagnosis, and poor management of infection and its complications. One of the most relevant determinants of this situation is poor knowledge of IPC standards and principles among front line health care workers and the lack of IPC specialists to support training, mentorship and monitoring in LMICs. Therefore, there is an urgent need for strengthened training strategies, including the development of standardized training packages for IPC professionals in low-resource settings to support successful implementation and IPC country capacity building.
The toolkit is divided into 6 sessions. The first session covers the essential knowledge of standard precautions required for good infection prevention and control. The other five sessions develop this knowledge and apply it clinically to common situations in antenatal care, labour, childbirth and neonatal care. Currently the first three sessions are now available.
Course duration: Approximately 6 hours
A Certificate of Participation will be issued to participants who have completed modules 1-6 of the course.
The goal of this training package is to integrate IPC standards and practices within the key steps of the care pathway for women and newborns, from the pre-natal to the post-natal period.