Documents updated and ready for use
Three key documents, 1) The Aide-memoire for a national strategy for the safe and appropriate use of injections, 2) The Guiding principles to ensure injection device security, and 3) Managing an injection safety policy, have all been updated in line with the 2015 WHO injection safety guidelines. These documents can help in planning injection safety programmes.
New injection safety policy and global campaign
Each year, at least 16 billion injections are given worldwide. Reused equipment poses a continued challenge, particularly in developing countries. WHO and Safe Injection Global Network (SIGN) have a new initiative to address this, promoting the rational and safe use of injections. Key initiative objectives are: (1) to prevent reuse and needle-stick injuries through global communication campaigns and health-care worker training; (2) to better ensure injection safety through the use of safety engineered injection devices; and (3) to leverage past WHO SIGN network findings.
Unsafe injection practices are an international issue. With an estimated 16 thousand million injections administered annually in developing and transitional countries alone, the importance of promoting safe injection practices is unprecedented. Over the past few decades failures to follow safe injection practices have burdened many developing as well as developed countries with outbreaks of infectious diseases.
WHO strategy for the safe and appropriate use of injection worldwide
The WHO strategy for the safe and appropriate use of injections worldwide has four objectives
- formulating national policies and plans for the safe and appropriate use of injections,
- ensuring quality and safety of injection equipment,
- facilitating equitable access to injection equipment,
- achieving appropriate, rational and cost effective use of injections.