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World Health Organization Global Webinar Series: Safe maternity care for all: the key role of infection prevention and control (IPC)
Maternal infections and sepsis are among the leading causes of mortality and morbidity, accounting for at least 11% of all maternal deaths, with the largest toll estimated in low- and middle-income countries. They are also an important determinant of perinatal morbidity and mortality. Most maternal infections and their consequences can be avoided by implementing appropriate IPC practices, antenatal screening and appropriate antibiotic use.

This webinar will bring together experts from WHO, academic institutions and the field of maternal care to discuss this relevant problem and the solutions to successfully prevent it. It will also be the opportunity for WHO to launch two new modules of the IPC training package for a safe care pathway for women and newborns.

Objectives:

1. Present the growing case for a greater focus on IPC in maternity settings;
2. Orient participants to new WHO resources for IPC training in antenatal and intrapartum care and discuss how these can support those working in maternity settings.
3. Share experiences and lessons learned from the field about integrating IPC practices and antimicrobial stewardship within maternity care pathways.

Speakers and panelists from WHO and different countries will focus on the epidemiology and burden of maternal infections and associated antimicrobial resistance, best approaches for their prevention and experiences from the field in implementing them.
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