Pillar: Infection prevention and control

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Training/Meetings in the context of COVID-19

1.0 PURPOSE To define the procedure for the conduct of in-person meetings in both healthcare and community settings in response to COVID-19 and with respect to Public Health and Social Measures (PHSMs) to reduce the risk of disease transmission. A general risk assessment must be conducted to inform context specific recommendations. 2.0 SCOPE The procedure …

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Policy Brief for the Legal Framework on Infection Prevention and Control

1. INTRODUCTION The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Legal Framework comes before the Specialized Technical Committee on Health and Drug Control for adoption and endorsement. The IPC Legal Framework is designed to guide Member States in the review and strengthening of laws and policies that support IPC at both the national level and in healthcare …

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Strategies for Managing Acute Shortages of PPE during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recommendations for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are detailed in the Africa CDC guidance on the use of personal protective equipment for different clinical settings and activities (1). However, due to the disruptions in the global supply chain of PPE, African settings may face the risk of an acute shortage of PPE. African health systems should …

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African Antibiotic Treatment Guidelines for Common Bacterial Infections and Syndromes – Recommended Antibiotic Treatments in Adult Patients

Principles of Stewardship Important considerations for the use of antibiotics include drug selection considering antibiotic spectrum of activity, adverse effect profile and availability of specific formulations (including those applicable to young children), likelihood of antibiotic resistance, route of administration, dosage, and duration of therapy. The decision to start and continue antibiotic therapy must be based …

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African Antibiotic Treatment Guidelines for Common Bacterial Infections and Syndromes – Final Report

Foreword: Although they can be manufactured with virtually no limit, antimicrobials are, in fact, a scarce resource. Excessive antimicrobial use selects for microorganisms that evade treatment, rendering antimicrobials potentially useless. Recognizing the urgent threat that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses to the continent, the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) prioritized AMR control as part of …

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World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), 18-24 November 2021

Theme: “AMR Governance: Preventing AMR Is Our Shared Responsibility” The African Union Task Force on AMR,  African regional tripartite members (FAO, OIE, WHO) and UNEP, are organizing the 3rd continental joint WAAW Africa campaign under the theme for the regional WAAW 2021 is “AMR Governance- Preventing AMR Is Our Shared Responsibility” The theme for the …

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How can we Spread Awareness to Stop Antimicrobial Resistance in Africa?

Date: Sunday, 21 November 2021Time: 16:30 GMT | 17:30 WAT |18:30 CAT | 19:30 EATHashtag: #AfricaWAAWModerator: @hcsmAFRICA (Vanessa Carter) In celebration of the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, join us for a 60-minute Twitter chat to share your views about how we can “Spread Awareness to Stop Antimicrobial Resistance in Africa”. All one health stakeholders including healthcare professionals, civil …

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Guidance on Diagnosis and Management of People with Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome

BACKGROUND This guidance covers diagnosis and care of patients with long-term effects of COVID-19. It makes recommendations for the care of adults and children who have new or ongoing symptoms 4 weeks or more after the start of acute COVID-19. It is meant for health and care practitioners. This interim document has been developed by …

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The Use of Pulse Oximeter by Public & Healthcare Providers in the Community for Suspected and Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Objectives This is a document to support the use of pulse oximeter for assessment of suspected and confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the community. Rationale It is a well-known fact that Covid-19 can present as “happy hypoxia” with minimum symptoms of severe respiratory distress despite significant low oxygen levels in the blood. The use of …

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