This collection of manuals is designed to provide information and assistance to anyone involved or interested in infection prevention and control. It consists of a manual on supply chain management of an infection prevention and control logistics system and handbooks on healthcare waste management as an infection prevention and control measure for waste handlers and health workers.
For any public health program to deliver high-quality, comprehensive services and to ensure IPC/HCWM commodity security, a robust logistics system for managing IPC/HCWM commodities must be in place. This training manual, adapted from The Logistics Handbook: A Practical Guide for the Supply Chain Management of Health Commodities, developed by the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT (2011), is the starting point for anyone interested in learning about and understanding the key principles and concepts of supply chain management for infection prevention and control (IPC), including commodities for health care waste management (HCWM). The concepts described in this training manual will help anyone who is responsible for improving, revising, designing, and operating all or part of a logistics system.
Health care waste (HCW) poses serious risks to public health and the environment. Because of limited resources and political will, health care waste management (HCWM) often does not receive sufficient attention. This training manual focuses on HCWM as an infection prevention and control (IPC) measure. It addresses key aspects of infection control in everyday practice, and outlines risk assessment and minimization of infection transmission in a variety of settings. This manual can be used by waste handlers in public and private health care settings to increase appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes relevant to best practices in IPC and HCWM.
Injection practices worldwide and especially in low- and middleincome countries include unsafe practices that ultimately lead to large-scale transmission of bloodborne viruses among patients, health workers, and the community at large. With the increasing incidence of infectious diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and C, and tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria, infection prevention and control (IPC) as a public health approach is necessary. IPC includes risk assessment, prevention of the spread of infections, and control of specific and common infections.
This training manual on infection prevention and control—including HCWM and injection safety—can be used by health workers in public and private health care settings and related educational institutions to increase appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes relevant to IPC/HCWM best practices.