Partnerships with African hospitals promoting better healthcare

One in ten people in developing countries contract an infection while in hospital due to poor quality healthcare, according to the World Health Organisation or WHO.

In Africa, healthcare-related infections are anywhere between 2 to 20 times higher than in developed countries.

To counter this problem, WHO has launched partnerships between European and African hospitals to improve hygiene.

Swiss hospitals, for example, have been working with counterparts in Cameroon, Mali and Senegal.

Dr. Tonny Tumwesigye, Director of Kisizi hospital in Kabale, Uganda, says it wasn't uncommon for doctors  not to wash their hands between patients. But now they use an alcohol-based hand gel that has led to a decrease in infections.

“The prevalence was running at 6 percent and we saw that it coming down to 1 percent after the implementation of the programme. But we also had death rates of 1 in 5 at our hospital due to infections especially following surgery of patients.”

Following the success of the first round of partnerships, a second wave between British hospitals and those in Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia is now underway.

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