Infection Prevention and Control

The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa highlighted the need for improved Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) systems and practices within the region. IPC is the cornerstone of a functioning health service. By ensuring that high standards of IPC are followed, health workers protect themselves, their patients and the wider community.

King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) aims to improve IPC systems and practices by working closely with the Ebola Response Consortium, a group of organisations dedicated to fighting Ebola, on the National IPC Programme at four Government hospitals in Freetown. Our IPC nurses work closely with IPC Focal Persons at each of our partner hospitals (Connaught Hospital, Lumley Hospital, King Harman Road Hospital and 34 Military Hospital) to provide mentorship in implementing IPC practices at their respective hospitals. Over 1,500 staff and volunteers have been trained in IPC across the four hospitals.

Funded by the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), our collaborative IPC work is critical to maintaining the Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s goal of building a health system resilient to threats like the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015.

KSLP have also worked with local partners to improve water sanitation and hygiene infrastructure at each of the hospitals. This includes getting running water in all hospital areas, improving water storage capacities at the hospitals and providing over 200 foot pedal bins.

King Harman Road Nurses sing the IPC Song from King’s Sierra Leone Partnership on Vimeo.

Our IPC work is supported by a Technical Advisory Group consisting of nurses based all over the world. The lead Technical Advisor is Professor Christine Norton (christine.norton@kcl.ac.uk).