This post is part of a series authored by the BASICS (Bold Action to Stop Infections in Clinical Settings) team. BASICS is a new initiative that will transform healthcare and reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by at least 50%.
BASICS is built around the Clean Clinic approach, which incentivizes healthcare leadership to create a hygiene compliant health system at a low cost, and TEACH CLEAN, which empowers health care workers so that hygiene becomes second nature, are essential to reducing the number of Healthcare Associated Infections and deaths in Least Developed Countries (LDCs). But how can health workers practice the needed hygiene when there are no facilities to wash their hands or water to clean contaminated surfaces? A critical component of BASICS is to ensure Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) infrastructure is available to make our efforts successful. In rural Tanzania, healthcare workers, like Regina Kasanda, experience firsthand what it is like to provide care in a maternal ward with little to no access to water. Close access to clean water means healthcare workers, who have been trained to practice hygiene, can now implement what they learnt, mothers are able to stay long enough to receive the care they need but most importantly, unnecessary and sometimes fatal infections can be avoided.
To learn more about BASICS (Bold Action to Stop Infections in Clinical Settings), visit savethechildren.org.