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USAID Systems for Health trains over 200 facilitators in infection prevention and control
After receiving $2.2 million in additional funding from USAID, the URC-managed USAID Systems for Health Project trained almost 40 master trainers and more than 200 regional facilitators in infection prevention and control (IPC). Ghana is considered a high priority country due to its proximity to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, although Ghana did not have any cases.
The project collaborated with Jhpiego, the Ghana Health Service (GHS), and an adult education expert to develop an on-site, whole-facility training approach for IPC. It is a modular training that can be split up depending on timing and audience, and covers 18 topic areas including hand hygiene, asepsis and aseptic techniques, waste disposal, and personal protective equipment. In five regions, the project expects to train more than 20,000 health workers at 84 facilities, everyone from hospital administrators to cleaning staff.
USAID Systems for Health was originally brought on to expand on IPC measures that the Government of Ghana already had in place. The project’s first step was to work with GHS to revise and update the National IPC Policy and Guidelines.
One of the core components of the project’s approach is to integrate quality assurance and quality improvement measures as cross-cutting themes to improve service delivery. Its interventions promote community-based health planning and services, strategic behavior change communication, and targeted demand generation to maximize service delivery coverage.
August 31, 2016