On April 7th 2017 a technical workshop was held in Moldova where experts from NIPH worked together with colleagues from Moldova, Romania and WHO to share experiences from surveillance of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in hospitals.
The aim of the workshop was to design future implementation of a national point’s prevalence survey of healthcare associated infections and antibiotic consumption in Moldova. It was initiated and supported through the Global Health Preparedness Programme.
Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are the most common form of injuries in patients. These are infections that patients attract while receiving medical treatment in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, and many of these are preventable conditions.
HAIs lead to increased suffering for patients as well as contributing to a heavy financial burden for the health system. In addition, as antimicrobial resistance is an increasing issue worldwide. This issue needs to be tackled and prioritised by health authorities. Important measures to limit the development of resistance is to ensure optimal use and treatment of antibiotics as well as reducing incidences of infections caused by resistant microbes.
The workshop in April was an important first step towards implementation of a surveillance system for healthcare associated infections and antibiotics use in Moldova.
Tools and guidelines in Romanian
Sharing of experiences between Romanian and Moldovan Public Health practitioners is particularly relevant since the two neighbouring countries share similar health systems and languages. Tools and guidelines developed in Romania can therefore be useful for the implementation in Moldova.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has developed a protocol for a point prevalence survey on HAIs and antibiotics use in hospitals, an assessment that is offered on a regular basis to all European countries. Moldovan health authorities has prioritised implementation of surveillance of HAIs and antibiotics in hospitals through the point prevalence surveys based on the ECDC protocol. The work will be conducted through the Global Health Preparedness Programme in collaboration between NIPH and the National Center for Public Health in Moldova.
The next steps in this work is a planned training in Romania for public health specialists from Moldova and a pilot in Moldovan hospitals in November 2017.