International Issues In Infection Prevention

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

3607 - Where There is No Running Water: IPC and WASH in Low-Income Settings

Friday, June 16
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, B 115-116

How do you practice infection prevention and control (IPC) if there is no running water? In low-resource environments, the reality is that many healthcare environments lack critical water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure. In this session, presenters will describe the current healthcare facility infrastructure as it relates to IPC, from global and local perspectives. Gaps and challenges will be described and potential solutions and current initiatives will be discussed.

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Flinhway Dickson

Infection Prevention and Control Trainer
Academic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia
Morovia

Dr Flinhway Dickson was born on August 5, 1982 in Monrovia, Liberia. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in zoology in 2006 from the University of Liberia and her medical degree, with honors, from the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine in 2012. Upon graduation, she worked with the Internal Medicine Department at the Redemption Hospital until the start of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Since 2014, Dr. Dickson has been working as an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) trainer with the Acedemic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia (ACCEL), a Center for Disease Control (CDC) funded project. During this period , she helped contribute towards the training of over 4000 health care workers across Liberia. Her work has had an emphasis on promoting Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices in health facitiities across Liberia. Dr. Dickson is a candidate for Masters degree in Public Health.

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Fabrice Fotso

UNICEF

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Benjamin Park

Chief, International Infection Control Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Benjamin Park, MD, is responsible for coordinating international infection control and surveillance for healthcare-associated diseases for the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the CDC. Dr. Park received his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, and his MD at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York. He completed his clinical rotations in internal medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He began his career at the CDC in 2002 when he joined as an epidemic intelligence service officer. His professional interests include methods to improve infection control and reduce antimicrobial resistance in healthcare facilities internationally.

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Robert Quick

Medical Epidemiologist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta

Robert Quick, MD, MPH is a medical epidemiologist in the Waterborne Diseases Prevention Branch at CDC. He received his MD at the University of California, San Francisco, obtained an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley, completed residencies in family practice and preventive medicine, and worked as medical director and clinician at the Indian Health Service hospital in Bethel, Alaska. For the past 27 years, he has worked at CDC, conducting research on the etiology, control, and prevention of enteric diseases in the developing world. He has designed, implemented, and evaluated projects that integrate water treatment technologies, handwashing, and other public health interventions with maternal and child health services, school programs, and HIV care and support. This work has included a focus on simple, inexpensive interventions to mitigate the lack of access to safe water for handwashing and drinking faced by a majority of health facilities in the developing world.

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Neil Gupta

Country Implementation Team Lead
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta

Neil Gupta, MD, MPH is board certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine and currently a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He joined CDC in 2010 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, where his primary responsibilities were to prevent adverse events and respond to disease outbreaks in healthcare settings. He is currently a country implementation team lead in CDC’s International Infection Control Program, where he supports national efforts to strengthen infection control programs, implement surveillance for healthcare-associated infections, build laboratory capacity to detect and report antimicrobial-resistant pathogens, and optimize antimicrobial stewardship programs in several countries in Asia, Africa, and South America. Dr. Gupta has played a leading role in > 10 outbreaks investigated by CDC, including international outbreaks of Ebola virus, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)-coronavirus, and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.

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Rachel MANN. Smith

Medical Epidemiologist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Rachel Mann Smith is a medical epidemiologist in the CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP). She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She joined CDC in 2011 as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer in the Mycotic Diseases Branch. She currently works on improving healthcare quality and control of antimicrobial resistance in low and middle income countries as part of DHQP International Infection Control Program.

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Thomas Button

Director Infection Prevention & Control
Children's Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri

Thomas C. Button, RN, BSN, NE-BC, CIC, FAPIC is currently Director of Infection Prevention & Control at Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Button's accomplishments in infection prevention include work with the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone fall of 2014. He also has various abstracts, and posters, articles including topics on outbreak investigation, Surgical Site Infection, environmental cleaning, and hand hygiene. He has been a speaker at APIC Dallas Fort Worth chapter, Greater Kansas City APIC Chapter and Texas Society of Infection Control & Prevention (TSICP). He has been active with APIC at both national and local levels. He is currently one of the Board of Directors at Large Director for APIC. Awards include Great 100 Nurses from Texas Nurse Association 2011, March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for Quality Management 2015, and the TSCIP Gerry Haynes award 2017 for excellence in Infection Control and Prevention..

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