Key Knowledge Points


  • IPC is a scientific approach with:
    • Practical solutions designed to prevent infections, to patients and health care workers
    • Grounded in principles of infectious disease, epidemiology, social science and health system strengthening, and
    • Integrated in patient safety and health service quality
  • WASH is a collective term for water, sanitation and hygiene. Essential for protecting human health during all infectious disease outbreaks, including COVID-19.
  • Inadequate IPC/WASH measures in HCFs could lead to disease transmission to staff, patients, visitors and within the community.
  • IPC/WASH interventions enable to prevent or limit disease transmission, enhance safety of worker and capacity to respond to outbreak.
  • IPC/WASH for addressing health care associated infections (HAI) and anti-microbial resistance.
  • Ensuring evidenced-based and consistently applied WASH in all settings help to prevent transmission of pathogens.


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