Main factors contributing to the effectiveness of infection prevention and control committees
In 2017, the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) for Infection Prevention and Control gave Mali a score of 2 out of 5. Although Mali had made progress in resolving problems linked to IPC in the human health sector, there was still a lot to be done to prepare and implement a national IPC program, including establishment of IPC committees. It was within this context that the USAID Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) project provided assistance. The project supports the Government of Mali in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by improving IPC, optimizing the rational use of antimicrobials, and through effective, national multisectoral coordination to prevent AMR. The absence of IPC committees at health care facilities was one of the key issues identified during the JEE of IHR indicators conducted by WHO experts in Mali in 2017.
The absence of operational IPC committees at health care facilities hinders the fight against health care-associated infections (HAIs) and AMR. HAIs are one of the reasons for extended patient hospital stays (illness complications and increased health care-related costs at health facilities).
This document focuses on the main factors contributing to the effectiveness of infection prevention and control committees, describing the technical approach as well as lessons learned, scalability, sustainability, and next steps.Download Download French