Hygiene in health facilities plays a critical role for quality care and preventing transmission of diseases. Despite a number of significant achievements in past years in Côte d’Ivoire, an analysis of 30 health facilities in 2018 with the WHO’s Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Framework identified a number of insufficiencies related to hygiene practices. These deficiencies contribute to health care-acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The USAID MTaPS Program is supporting Kenya in its efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic by implementing a national strategy in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and county governments (see US Embassy in Kenya announcement).

The USAID MTaPS Program is supporting the Philippines in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The concerted effort is a partnership of USAID with the Philippines Department of Health (DoH), the World Health Organization (WHO), and UNICEF.  MTaPS is assisting in two technical areas critical to managing and controlling the pandemic – infection prevention and control (IPC) and supply chain management of essential emergency commodities.  

The USAID MTaPS Program is supporting the Government of Bangladesh to manage and contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The USAID MTaPS Program is on the frontlines supporting USAID’s efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus in high-risk countries. The program’s mandate includes advancing the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and is, therefore, well equipped to respond to global public health emergencies such as the current outbreak. 

MTaPS collaborated with Tanzania’s Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) to organize the training and dissemination of new infection prevention and control (IPC) procedures and materials for instructors of pre-service curricula from a number of colleges. The two-session training in February covered IPC guidelines released in late 2018.  

MTaPS collaborated with the direction générale de la Santé to organize a capacity-building workshop, which was held February 24–28, to strengthen the skills of the groupe de coordination multisectorielle national de la lutte contre la résistance aux antimicrobiens, including regional offices (directions régionales de la Santé), in Bamako, Mali. The objective of this five-day workshop was to develop a training package that can be adapted to eLearning. 

MTaPS, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Ethiopia, organized a workshop on November 9, 2019, at Bishoftu town (Oromia region) to orient media professionals on AMR-related issues in the country, including prevention and containment measures. Fifty-two professionals representing public and private electronic media, as well as staff of the Public Relations and Communication Directorate of the MOH in charge of health communication, attended.

MTaPS participated in the Joint Learning Network (JLN) for Universal Health Coverage’s (UHC) global meeting in Manama, Bahrain, December 4–5, 2019, to gauge the interest of JLN member countries for a learning exchange on medicines in UHC. An exploratory session, facilitated by Professor Veronika Wirtz from MTaPS partner Boston University School of Public Health, introduced the topic to 20 participants from 13 countries.

Representatives from nineteen countries in the Western Pacific gathered in Tokyo in August for the Eighth Workshop of National Authorities for Medical Products, also known as the Regional Alliance. The workshop was themed, “Working together to safeguard public health through regulatory partnership on the quality, safety, effectiveness of medical products in the Western Pacific Region.”