Cross hospital infection major challenge in the Middle Eastern countries. Many of them suffer from a high prevalence of nosocomial infections which can be prevented by simple measures to be followed from construction and up until diagnosis and treatment.
Egypt had successfully tackled this problem and can share knowledge on the topic with medical personnel from other countries facing similar challenges. Nevertheless, the Egyptian institute can also learn a lot from trainees from foreign countries, and this is the reason why JICA initiated and supported the course called “Mutual Learning Workshop”. JICA accepted self-financed Egyptian participants to the training.
The course provides a safe healthcare environment for patients, visitors and staff by exchanging experience between participants to identify widely applicable tools and techniques and assisting the trainees in the establishment of an infection control policy in their countries. Furthermore, the course is designed to provide opportunities for participants to identify factors that cause the spread of cross hospital infection in the Middle-East Countries, to help the application of successful infection prevention and control, and also to help healthcare workers to play their critical roles to reduce the risk of infections.
The trainees can learn and improve the following aspects of their knowledge:
- acquired understanding of basic concepts and infection control guidelines applied during design, construction and renovation of healthcare facilities, planning and implement infection control program, surveillance strategies and outbreak investigation, concepts of occupational health and safety, antimicrobial control of resistance, communication skills and teamwork;
- received practical training on the development of policies and procedure, conduct educational and training programs for hospital workforce, perform surveillance studies, use a systematic approach for data collection, recording, analysis and interpretation and conduct evidence-based infection control guidelines for specific patient care settings, risky procedures, and common hospital-acquired infections;
- be able to manage the health-care waste as an integral part of hospital hygiene and infection control; trace the source of infections and identify the potential risk factors associated with the cross-hospital infection; and
- be able to implement modern techniques, such as ATP monitoring tests, and updates the infection control practice.
JICA conducted these trainings at the Fayoum University (it includes site visits also) in November, 2016 (five weeks training); January and February, 2018 (seven weeks training). Group training with theoretical and practical sessions done during the site visits to the medical establishments.
Participants reported positive impact after their going back. For instance, one Sudanese trainee was involved as an advisor into the process of hospital construction and utilized her knowledge in terms of infection control policy from the stage of constructional design.
The knowledge and skill provided during the training are strongly recommended to be transferred to other countries in the respective region. If other countries can provide and replicate similar opportunities, it gives a positive impact on the entire region.
These series had been conducted since 2011, and accepted 105 trainees from Iraq, Palestine Authority, Syria, Jordan, Sudan, Yemen and Tunisia.
Partners: JICA; Fayoum University; Government of Egypt;
Budget: USD 80,000/Year (18 trainees, 7 weeks)
Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA) Egypt
Mr. Atsushi Kono, Project Formulation Advisor