14 July 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the importance of having online training tools to reach to a wider audience and reduce physical contact to a minimum while sharing knowledge and skills.
In July 2021, as part of the EU-funded Solidarity for Health Initiative project, the Azerbaijan WHO Country Office (CO) launched the first course in Azerbaijani on the OpenWHO platform – Leadership and programme management in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) – to support hospital IPC committees. The course will help to improve the situation with IPC in health facilities by providing committee members with necessary knowledge and skills on the project management process, quality improvement strategies that can be used to systematically improve processes and outcomes, as well as how multimodal strategies can be utilized to support behaviour change and influence stakeholders.
“Improving IPC measures within health facilities will not only be instrumental in reducing the spread COVID-19 and infectious diseases, but shall have an impact on reduction of antimicrobial resistance and hospital-acquired infections.” said Dr. Hande Harmanci, WHO Representative to Azerbaijan, highlighting the importance of IPC capacity-building support to the country.
WHO will partner with the Ministry of Health and Administration of Regional Medical Divisions (TABIB) to disseminate the course to all hospital IPC committees and focal points across the country to ensure broader reach and sustainable impact.
This online course will build on the recent face-to-face training conducted by IPC experts from WHO's South Caucasus Hub for 56 hospital IPC committee members from 29 main hospitals in Azerbaijan. The training focused on organizing the work of the committees utilizing WHO's core components for IPC, including on how to conduct monitoring and evaluation of IPC measures independently and in a sustainable manner. The committees were also equipped with all necessary tools to build hand hygiene improvement strategies, which proved to greatly improve patient outcomes.
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