TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE CONSULTANT TO SUPPORT THE REVIEW OF THE NATIONAL INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL (IPC), CENTRAL STERILE SERVICE DEPARTMENT(CSSD), AND OPERATING THEATRE (OT) GUIDELINES OF NAMIBIA (2023 – 2028)
The Ministry of Health and Social Services has over the years prioritized Infection Prevention and Control activities to ensure the provision of safe healthcare services. A number of documents to guide healthcare workers on proper IPC practices have been developed and training conducted. In addition, IPC focal persons have been identified in all 35 hospitals to ensure the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of key IPC activities including regular in-service training.
A number of IPC guiding documents have been developed by the MHSS and were disseminated at the facility level and respective healthcare cadres were mandated to ensure their implementation. The documents include:
In addition, the MHSS with support from WHO is in the process of finalising the Namibian National Strategic Plan for IPC which aims at having a healthcare system that is free from healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and other infections through coordinated IPC practices that promote safety for patients, healthcare personnel, and the community.
In 2022, the MHSS launched and disseminated the National Quality Policy and Strategy to provide a common framework for all public and private healthcare institutions, partners and stakeholders to; plan, mobilize resources, coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate the quality of healthcare services. Quality Standards for hospitals and Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities were also launched in 2022 to guide the key functions, activities, processes, and structures that are required to provide quality services.
The IPC guiding documents are however all outdated and require revision so as to be aligned with the latest evidence-based recommendations from WHO and other relevant international leading bodies in IPC.
The purpose of the assignment is to provide technical assistance and guidance to the MHSS in revising and developing the National IPC and CSSD guidelines, and the Operation Theatre Manual to ensure alignment with the national quality standards and the latest evidence-based recommendations.
The scope of work for the consultancy is as follows:
📚 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗮 𝗝𝗼𝗯 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗡 𝗶𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯! 🌍🤝 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗡𝗘𝗪 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗿𝘂𝗶𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗚𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗡 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗨𝗡𝗛𝗖𝗥, 𝗪𝗙𝗣, 𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗖𝗘𝗙, 𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗦𝗦, 𝗨𝗡𝗙𝗣𝗔, 𝗜𝗢𝗠 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀! 🌐
⚠️ 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐍𝐨𝐰: 𝐏𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐢𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐚 𝐣𝐨𝐛 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐍𝐎𝐖!
The consultant will deliver the following deliverable:
5. Profile of Candidate:
The consultancy will be for two consultants each for the period from 11 April - 11 June 2023.
The payment will be made in two instalments as follows:
The consultant will jointly report to the Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Health Social Service through the Quality Assurance Division; and the WHO Representative through the IPC Focal Point in the WHO Country Office.
This vacancy is archived.