BASICS (Bold Action to Stop Infections in Clinical Settings) is a new initiative that will transform healthcare and reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by at least 50%. These infections affect an estimated 46 million people globally every year, leading to death, debilitating illness and an alarming rise in antimicrobial resistance and superbugs.

Developed by Save the Children, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, WaterAid and Kinnos, BASICS uses the latest evidence to revolutionize how health systems can significantly reduce infections by institutionalizing simple, low-cost hygiene standards. It will demonstrate impact in four high-burden countries in Asia and Africa, starting in maternity and neonatal wards where infection risk is extremely high.

BASICS is designed to scale from these interventions to protect all patients at risk of infection. Its adoption by other low- and middle-income countries will accelerate a global movement to dramatically cut HAIs, reduce antimicrobial resistance, improve healthcare quality standards and achieve the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

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