Infection Control

 The list below provides information, tools and materials related to strengthening infection prevention and control. 
1. Design database for health facility improvements
This database, hosted through MASS Design Group, effectively integrates case studies with pragmatic rules of thumb for building healthcare facilities in resource limited countries. This is designed to provide content that can immediately contribute to improving health outcomes when used to create better health facilities and infrastructure.
 2. Infection Prevention and Control: Training Curriculum for Healthcare Workers
Preventing infections in healthcare facilities is crucial, especially in the context of HIV and TB. All healthcare workers have a responsibility to practice effective infection prevention measures to protect themselves and their clients from acquiring an infection. Providing education and training to healthcare staff is an important strategy in implementing an infection prevention program. However, equally important is organizing a means of setting and measuring compliance to standards, identifying problems and finding ways to improve infection prevention practices. This manual and training curriculum provide information to begin improving infection prevention practices in health facilities and home based care.
3. Bangladesh National Infection Control Guidelines
In 2011, the TB CARE II Project worked with the Bangladesh National TB Program to develop the first ever Guidelines for TB Infection Control in Bangladesh. Components of the guidelines include:

  • The rationale for TB infection control and the pathogenesis and transmission of TB.
  • A detailed description of recommended practices for managerial, administrative, environmental and personal protective measures, with specific recommendations for the context of Bangladesh.
  • Infection control measures for specific settings such as public spaces and households.
  • Photographs taken from the country's TB facilities, dmeonstrating correct infection control practices.
  • Tools and methods for conducting facility assessments, screening health care providers for TB, calculating air flow and exchange of air, etc.

4. Occupational Safety Framework for TB 
The development of comprehensive approaches to protect healthcare workers from occupational risk of TB is greatly needed for high TB burden countries. Appropriate occupational safety policy frameworks and workers’ compensation schemes are essential to provide adequate mechanisms for mitigating TB burden among healthcare workers, as well as preservation of their mental, physical and emotional health. TB CARE II conducted a review of the current information on TB risk among healthcare workers which includes a summary of existing OSH policies/guidelines by the international agencies such as WHO and ILO; an examination of the strategies that are being used in healthcare-related work settings to mitigate the risk of occupationally-acquired TB including use of infection control plans (including implementation at the operational level); and existing legislative frameworks/ policies around occupational safety and worker’s compensation for healthcare professionals and health center staff. This information led to the development of a summary framework providing actionable steps to assist high burden countries in developing/implementing key TB occupational safety policies, implementation plans and minimum worker’s compensation protocols. The framework was presented to TB implementers and stakeholders for review and revision during the 42nd Annual IUATLD meeting in Lille, France in October 2011. 

IPC Curriculum.pdf1.25 MB
IPC_Facilitator's guide.pdf1.61 MB
BAN_TB CARE II_IC Guidelines.pdf33.83 MB
TB CARE II TB Occupational Safety Review and Framework Nov 2011.pdf511.34 KB