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Mainstreaming injection safety into healthcare delivery
Injections are one of the most common clinical procedures in the world with over 16 billion administered annually. Prioritizing injection safety within healthcare delivery helps prevent avoidable injuries and transmission of diseases, resulting in fewer lives lost and a reduction in medical costs associated with treating adverse events that occur as a result of unsafe injection practices.
USAID ASSIST was very pleased to host this webinar on August 20, 2015 jointly with partners from the World Health Organization (WHO) Service Delivery and Safety Department. Participants and presenters from USAID ASSIST in Swaziland, South Africa and Bethesda; the Ministry of Health of Swaziland; and WHO in Geneva and Washington, DC were all present during the webinar.
The webinar highlighted Swaziland’s experience with improving injection safety, WHO and the Safe Injection Global Network’s (SIGN) leadership and global campaign, and strategies to effectively apply global guidelines at the local level. Participants discussed the new WHO guidelines on the use of Safety-engineered syringes for immunization and curative injections in health-care settings, which was released in February this year. ASSIST participated in reviewing the guidelines and was present at the launch.
With PEPFAR support, USAID ASSIST has been working on applying improvement methods to injection safety and waste management initiatives in Pakistan, Mali, and Swaziland.
This webinar is testimony to how important issues of quality and safety are to WHO, PEPFAR, USAID, and the USAID ASSIST Project. Quality and safety are not optional.
Please click here to read more about the participants and presenters and to hear the webinar in its entirety.
August 24, 2015