WHO supports injection safety in Egypt with USAID support
With USAID support, the WHO Egypt Country Office is conducting a National Injection Safety Project to help assess and improve injection safety practices in national hospitals and health care facilities in Egypt.
The safe use of injections is essential to avoid the transmission of life-threatening infections and to protect patients, health workers and the community from avoidable risks, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic during which the number of injections administered each year have increased dramatically in Egypt and around the world.
In early June, WHO Egypt conducted assessments of injection safety practices among health workers in public hospitals in 8 governorates of Egypt.
Prior to these assessments, WHO held an orientation workshop for investigators from the Central Hepatitis and Infection Prevention and Prevention and Control Unit at the Ministry of Health and Population in order to discuss the project implementation process and conduct pilot testing WHO- developed a web application for an audit reporting system that will facilitate data entry and retrieval.
As the WHO global injection safety campaign recognizes staff training as a fundamental principle, a team of experts from the WHO country office will also oversee a capacity-building training program which should take place in July to address any shortcomings identified during the assessment visits.
Over the years, WHO has worked closely with stakeholders in the area of infection prevention and control, occupational health and laboratories, including senior officials from the Ministry of Health and the population, academics and policy makers to support the implementation of injection safety. practices and guide the formulation of national policies, including Egypt’s National Injection Safety Policy which was launched in 2018.
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