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Minimum requirements for infection prevention and control programmes — World Health Organization (WHO) National level assessment tool


The WHO national level assessment tool for the minimum requirements for infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes is a tool to support the implementation of the WHO Minimum requirements for IPC programmes. The user should be familiar with the contents of this document, before using this tool.

Purpose of this tool

This tool will assist countries to determine the minimum requirements for each core component that are in place and to identify those that need to be achieved. This tool is mostly based on selected indicators included in the WHO National IPC assessment tool 2 (IPCAT2).

The Interim practical manual supporting the implementation of the IPC core components at the national level outlines five steps for implementing IPC programmes at the national level in order to maximize the likelihood of success and overcome some of the process complexity. Step two involves conducting a baseline assessment to establish an understanding of the current situation, including strengths and weaknesses to guide action planning for improvement. Step four (evaluating impact) is concerned with assessing the effectiveness of the action plan. This tool is a valuable instrument to support Steps 2 and 4 of this process.

It is very important to understand that this tool is not intended to be used as an audit tool. Its purpose is to help assess, plan, organize and implement a national IPC programme. The tool provides a general overview of the status of IPC activities according to the recommendations included in the WHO IPC core components guidelines and the WHO Minimum requirements document, rather than focusing on specific IPC practices/risk factors related to individual patients or specific.

Who should complete and use this tool?

The assessment tool focuses on national IPC programmes to ensure that health care services are able to implement and adopt minimum IPC measures. This tool should be completed by the team or focal point responsible for organizing and implementing IPC activities at the national level.

How is it structured?

This tool is structured according to the recommendations in the WHO Minimum requirements for IPC programmes. It is divided into six sections reflecting the six WHO IPC core components at the national level, for a total of 25 indicators. These indicators are based on evidence and expert consensus and have been framed as statements. As these are minimum requirements, the total score will be the sum of all ‘yes’ responses for each core component, weighted for the number of indicators in each component.