The Global Women’s (GLOW) Research Society is a society for those engaged in global maternal, newborn, child and reproductive health. Soapbox’s own Professor Wendy Graham is part of the chairing committee which will see the annual GLOW conference take place in Cambridge this month.
Soapbox Research Fellow, Dr Susannah Woodd, will be attending and presenting a poster on Soapbox’s hand hygiene work in Zanzibar, Tanzania which was completed alongside partners including Jhpiego and WaterAid. The project addressed hand hygiene compliance by birth attendants in 10 high-volume labour wards to the recommended sequence of behaviours before aseptic procedures; hand rubbing/washing, avoiding hand recontamination, donning gloves and avoiding glove contamination. The results showed just a 24% compliance to handwashing or hand rubbing, and less than 10% of attendants avoiding recontamination later in the sequence of behaviours before an aseptic procedure.
This is the first study in a low- and middle- income country (LMIC) to show how far high rates of recontamination explain poor hand hygiene compliance. Presenting the poster at the upcoming GLOW conference will help to demonstrate the significance of recontamination as an important driver of infection risk and recommend its consideration and inclusion in hand hygiene measures and interventions.
Soapbox looks forward to hearing more insights and learnings from the conference which will take place at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge on the 19th and 20th June. To find out more about the conference visit the website at http://www.glowconference.org/.