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  2. Service delivery
  3. Tuesday, 10 March 2015
WHO Injection safety policy and global campaign All of us, at some point in our lives, will have an injection to retain or restore good health. But sometimes injections that are intended to promote health do the opposite. This happens when they are given in an unsafe way - using the same needle or syringe to give injections to more than one person. Practices like this can lead to the transmission of life- threatening infections. According to a new study, unsafe injections are responsible for as many as 33 800 HIV infections, 1.7 million hepatitis B infections and 315 000 hepatitis C infections annually. Both patients and health workers are at risk through needle injury. Towards safe injections for all WHO and close partners – including the Safe Injection Global Network (SIGN), UNICEF and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance – have been working actively together for more than a decade to promote safe injection practices. Educating policy makers and health workers on the critical importance of sterile equipment is key. The group’s initial push in 1999 focused strongly on spurring countries to use only auto-disable syringes for vaccinating children. Now the spotlight is on the risks associated with injections into muscle (intramuscular) or skin (subcutaneous or intradermal) to treat medical conditions; and how to make them safer through education on safe procedures, elimination of unnecessary injections and better design of equipment. Making all injections safe brochure http://www.who.int/injection_safety/global-campaign/injection-safety_brochure.pdf pdf, 554kb [6 pages]


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