Giving Compass’ Take:
• An experienced doctor and Save the Children President Yanti Soeripto explain the BASICS (Bold Action to Stop Infections in Clinical Settings), a scalable solution to address the high rate of healthcare-acquired infections in clinics.
• BASICS will be launched in four countries via funding from 100&Change. How can other funders get involved if they want to learn about scalable solutions for global health issues?
Save the Children President Yanti Soeripto and I had to cover a lot of ground in just 90 seconds in the video that introduces BASICS (Bold Action to Stop Infections in Clinical Settings) – from why so many millions of mothers and infants acquire debilitating infections in health facilities to how BASICS’ scalable and sustainable solution will prevent many of these infections.
Having been educated in and practiced clinical obstetric and gynecology medicine in Tanzania – one of the four countries where BASICS will be launched with 100&Change funding – I know firsthand of the challenges of preventing infections in places where resources can be precious and where dedicated, overworked staff labor daily to deliver the best care they can.
What does the situation look like in Tanzania when it comes to health care and hygiene? What does a day look like for a doctor in a Tanzanian government hospital?
Like any other developing country, Tanzania faces health systems bottlenecks that affect the provision of quality health care. While there have been significant gains in improving access to services, quality continues to be a problem.
Many health posts, particularly those at the primary care level (health centers and dispensaries) do not have adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities. These places serve approximately 80% of the people in Tanzania’s rural areas, therefore impacting a huge population.
What are the biggest barriers to implementing hygiene protocols?
Funding to support hygiene interventions and health facility infrastructure is limited due to many competing priorities and there’s a focus on coverage of primary care rather than the quality of care.
Why is BASICS a good solution?
BASICS is unique in that it applies simple, effective and feasible interventions to improve the quality of care, with particular focus on WASH and infection prevention control.
Read the full article about barriers to healthcare-acquired infections at Save the Children.
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