Infection prevention and control

About us

Infection prevention and control (IPC) is a practical, evidence-based approach which prevents patients and health workers from being harmed by avoidable infections. Preventing health care-associated infections (HAI) avoids this unnecessary harm and at times even death, saves money, reduces the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and supports high quality, integrated, people-centred health services. Preventing HAIs has never been more important. WHO's IPC Global Unit is leading a new approach to strengthen national and international capacity, improve practices and behaviour to make health care safer and free from avoidable infections. To support Member States, the team collaborates with others to produce and adapt key strategies, guidelines, tools and other resources, with the vision of protecting the lives of patients and health workers across the world through excellence in IPC.