Infection prevention (IP) and medical waste management (MWM) is a critical component of quality health services. IP and MWM involves the entire health system, every person working at a health facility plays a role in good hygiene that includes clinical as well as non-clinical staff such as cleaning staff, security guards and ambulance drivers. Since it is one of the few services that touch every part of a health facility, the Fistula Care Plus (FC+) project often uses it as a starting point for quality improvement with partner facilities.
FC+ works to improve access to fistula prevention and repair services. Once a woman reaches a hospital she is entitled to quality services free from facility-acquired infections. We support facility-wide improvements that include updating and maintaining waste management protocols and ensuring supported facilities maintain or strive to maintain international standards in infection prevention. This helps not only women who come for OF repair or services but all members of the community who use any service at the hospital and all the hospital staff. Infection prevention and waste management must be supported throughout the entire facility. A poorly maintained patient ward in another part of the facility will negatively impact fistula repair services. Since infection prevention is more than hand washing, more than ensuring sterilization of the maternity ward, the FC+ project works to ensure the entire facility is keeping high standards. Check out the photos below to see examples of the project’s work in infection prevention!