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With over three-quarters of deliveries worldwide now occurring in health institutions, the quality of care received by women and newborns in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) affects the balance between benefit versus unintended harm from institutional birth. A core component of quality care is hygienic practises and environment, with healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) a clear marker of substandard infection prevention and control (IPC). The evidence-base for this goes back over two centuries, and yet HAIs are on the increase globally, as is antibiotic resistance. The urgent need to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as a foundation stone of patient safety is acknowledged in the 2019 World Health Assembly Resolution (72/27), and the call to action emphasises the role of evidence in informing and monitoring progress.

The Soapbox Collaborative was established in March 2012 as an evidence-based charitable trust with the mission of improving hygiene at birth in healthcare facilities in LMICs, conducting both research and implementation in conjunction with partners. Seven years on, the key lessons learnt will be brought together and shared during a seminar at LSHTM hosted by MARCH. The location for this event is fitting – the School is both one of the host institutions for Soapbox and the historic “home” of evidence on hygiene.

The seminar will provide the chance to hear the lessons learnt from the Soapbox team, presented in the style of PechaKucha talks. There will then be a panel discussion with invited experts who have worked with Soapbox or in related areas. A Q&A session will follow to enable the audience (live and online) to pose questions to all presenters and panellists. A final short presentation will summarise the unfinished agenda around hygiene at birth, and there will then be an informal networking reception in the School’s atrium.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday 18th June 2019

Time: 12.30-14.30

Venue: Manson Theatre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The seminar will also be live-streamed here.

This event is free to all-comers, but for catering purposes please RSVP to info@soapboxcollaborative.org if you plan to attend. For any further information, please contact Rebecca White (Rebecca.White@lshtm.ac.uk).


12.30-12.35 Welcome, seminar format & origin of Soapbox Prof Wendy Graham

12.35-12.45 The burden of HAIs in mothers and newborns*  Dr Susannah Woodd

12.45 -13.15  Snapshots* of lessons from needs assessments and interventions

Hand hygiene                                                  Dr Giorgia Gon

Student Audits                                                 Lucy Singh

TEACH-CLEAN Package                                 Emma  Morrison

CLEAN Study                                                   Dr Sandra Virgo

13.15-13.40       Panel discussion:

Dan Jones – Wateraid UK

Dr Liz Goodburn – Soapbox;

Dr Robert Dreibelbis, LSHTM

Dr Alex Aiken, LSHTM

Moderator: Yael Velleman, Imperial College

13.40 -13.50      Questions and Answers from floor for whole seminar  Yael Valleman

13.50-14.00       Hygiene at birth*: the unfinished agenda, & thanks  Prof Wendy Graham

1400-~1430     Networking reception in School Atrium

*presentation in PechaKucha format