Based on the findings of the previous IPC assessment missions at healthcare facilities and discussions with TABIB, WHO Azerbaijan provided training to IPC committees from 29 healthcare facilities located in 13 city and districts of Azerbaijan. Overall, 56 hospital IPC committee members were trained over multiple sessions organized in partnership with TABIB's Department of Infectious Diseases Analysis and Management. The training was conducted by the expert of the WHO Health Emergency Programme’s South Caucasus Hub and focused on organizing the work of the committees utilizing WHO's core components for IPC, including on how to conduct monitoring and evaluation of IPC measures independently and in a sustainable manner. At the training, the committees have also been equipped with all necessary tools to build hand hygiene improvement strategies which proved to greatly improve patient outcomes.
EU-WHO project aims to continue capacity building support to increase the effectiveness of IPC committees in healthcare facilities in Azerbaijan. The training of these committees will not only improve infection control for COVID-19 and infectious diseases but also have an impact on reduction of antimicrobial resistance and hospital acquired infections.