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, tremendous healthcare cost burdens and an alarming rise in antimicrobial resistance.

BASICS will also help prepare health systems in low-and middle-income countries for disease outbreaks like COVID-19 coronavirus by training and equipping frontline health workers to prevent and control infections at the point of care – while also protecting themselves.

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 high-burden countries, starting in maternity and neonatal wards where the risk of infection is extremely high.

BASICS is designed to scale from these interventions to protect all patients at risk of infection. Its adoption by 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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