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UK EMT pilots data assessment tool to reduce COVID-19 death rate in Zambia

UK-Med's Jude Chimaobi Akuechiama with IDinsight at Kayama Hospital, Lusaka district.
UK-Med's Jude Chimaobi Akuechiama with IDinsight at Kayama Hospital, Lusaka district.
UK-Med's Jude Chimaobi Akuechiama with IDinsight at Kayama Hospital, Lusaka district. (Zambia Team 2020)

The UK EMT, funded by the UK Government through the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is supporting the development of an infection prevention and control data assessment tool which will enable the Zambian Ministry of Health to make vital decisions about the national distribution of health resources across Zambia.

This will boost Zambia’s COVID19 response, improve monitoring and reduce the death rates from the virus among healthcare workers.
 
The UK EMT are supporting IDinsight, a global data analytics and research organisation, to deliver the pilot project. They are providing data collection and gap analysis best practise advice in a COVID-19 context and facilitating meetings between IDinsight, the Ministry of Health Zambia (MOH) and Zambia National Public Health Institute.
 
The assessment tool will enable health teams at district, provincial and national level to identify gaps and analyse how prepared they are to effectively manage infection control in their own facilities.
 
At national level it will enable MOH officials to make data driven decisions and facilitate faster and more efficient
distribution and allocation of limited health resources across the country.
 
The pilot aims to assess the gap between two existing assessment tools – a WHO infection prevention and control scorecard for the rapid assessment of COVID-19 health facilities and a MOH facility walk through survey checklist – and create a standardised tool which can be used in all hospitals and a data dashboard to monitor each facility.
 
The pilot assessment is taking place at Kanyama First Level Hospital in the Lusaka district. The team will feed back to the national infection prevention and control (IPC)/ water sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) working group next week. #UKaid

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