Validation of an Innovative, Onsite, Easy-to-Use Chlorine Generator (SE Flow) for Infection Prevention and Control in Labor Wards

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PATH
Organization Location: 
Seattle, Washington, USA

Data from the World Health Organization states that roughly 303,000 women and 2.7 million newborns died in 2015 due to pregnancy- and childbirth-related complications, of which 10% to 15% were directly linked to unhygienic conditions during labor and birth. Health facility staff in low-resource settings face numerous resource gaps and challenges to providing appropriate, equitable, and hygienic health care services to all mothers and infants, including the lack of sufficient and appropriate disinfection solutions for surfaces and medical equipment. This exposes patients—namely mothers and infants—to infections. PATH and its partners, MSR Global Health and SWAP, seek to validate the usability, acceptability, effectiveness, and cost requirements of the SE Flow device in eight district-level labor wards in Kisumu, Kenya. This will include the installation of the SE Flow device and training key health staff on use and maintenance, regular data collection on levels of use, acceptability, effectiveness, and costs, as well as on bacterial bioload. Data collected will inform use guidelines and product introduction strategy of the SE Flow in labor wards. PATH anticipates evidence generated by the project will show a reduction in the risk of exposure by mothers and infants to health facility acquired infections through improved infection prevention and control (IPC) and consistent access to chlorine solution in the study sites for IPC and handwashing use.

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