The logos of four organizations, including Save the Children, WaterAid, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Kinnos, behind a new innovation named BASICS (Bold Action to Stop Infections in Clinical Settings).

Meet the Team

BASICS is the inspiration of four best-in-class organizations to integrate proven but stand-alone approaches into one practical, cost-effective and scalable solution to catalyze changes in how health systems prevent infections.

Save the Children brings to the BASICS partnership decades of experience in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in some of the world’s least-served communities. Its Clean Clinic Approach works with national health ministries to develop criteria by which healthcare facilities achieve “clean clinic” status, and with local facilities to make incremental improvements to reduce the risk of infections. Save the Children will also provide global expertise in strengthening health systems, influencing national health policies and protocols and generating local demand for and utilization of quality health services.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is recognized globally for its cutting-edge research, training and continuing education in maternal and newborn health, healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, behavior change and monitoring. BASICS will use LSHTM’s training program TEACH CLEAN to improve training and practice for healthcare workers responsible for maintaining hygiene in the healthcare setting. The program is tailored for use with cleaning staff with limited literacy skills but can be applied to wider facility staff.

WaterAid is the world’s largest civil society organization focused solely on water, sanitation and hygiene. Its mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people by improving access to these essentials. Its programs have reached over 25 million people with clean water, 25 million people with decent toilets, and 18 million people with good hygiene. Through BASICS, WaterAid will be responsible for water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure construction and rehabilitation in health facilities as required; capacity building for governments and stakeholders on operations and maintenance; and supply chain management.

Kinnos is a social venture whose products help solve infection prevention challenges. Its dye, Highlight, will be used as a BASICS training tool to help improve cleaning and disinfection efficiency in health facilities. Kinnos won the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Fight Ebola Grand Challenge for developing Highlight. It was first used in Ebola treatment centers in Liberia during West Africa’s 2014 Ebola outbreak. It is now being used to help combat the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and in U.S. hospitals.

Click here for more details on BASICS partners’ roles and responsibilities.

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