Al Mansour Primary Health Care Center Makes Health Safety a Priority

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Health care-associated infections, or infections acquired in health-care settings, are the most frequent adverse event in health-care delivery worldwide. In primary health care settings, particularly those with limited resources, factors such as poor infrastructure, insufficient equipment, under staffing, poor knowledge and application of basic infection control measures, inadequate waste disposal methods, and absence of local and national guidelines and policies all contribute to the burden health care-associated infections. Ensuring that proper infection prevention and waste management guidelines are in place and being followed is critical to protecting the health of patients and health care staff alike.

The USAID Primary Health Care Project in Iraq (PHCPI) is assisting the Ministry of Health (MOH) to improve the quality of primary health care services throughout the country. In collaboration with the MOH, the project developed an infection prevention and control (IPC) guideline for use in primary health care settings. Using MOH trainers, PHCPI is rolling out this guideline to health care staff from 360 clinics targeted by the project throughout all 18 provinces of Iraq.

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