16 April 2021
IPC in low-resource settings: the local, the contextual and the pragmatic
Read the new article collection from HIS journal Infection Prevention in Practice! Gemma Winzor discusses the project.
Gemma Winzor is the Editor in Chief of Infection Prevention in Practice. She works for Public Health England Midlands and East Region in Birmingham.

IPIP Article Collection

When we launched Infection Prevention in Practice (IPIP) in 2019, a central goal was to provide a freely-accessible resource for infection prevention and control (IPC) practitioners from lower- and middle-income countries, and a venue in which authors from these countries could showcase their research.

Two years after the first edition was published, we are pleased to present our first article collection showcasing some of the strongest work we have published on the challenges faced by IPC professionals in low-resource settings, authored by scientists and clinicians working in these settings.


Global health


The collection, entitled Infection prevention and control in low-resource settings: the need for the local, the contextual and the pragmatic is tied together by an editorial from Gwendoline Chimhini, Marcelyn Magwenzi and Felicity Fitzgerald. The editorial celebrates the creativity and pragmatism of our IPC colleagues working in low-resource settings and highlights what can be learned from their approaches to ongoing challenges.

Research from Chimhini et al. on auditing the use of antibiotics in Zimbabwean neonates is also featured in the collection, alongside work from across the globe.

Fast et al. discuss improvements to sterile processing practices in Cambodian healthcare facilities and Kinyenje et al. write about the the star rating assessment and how it has impacted the status of IPC in Tanzanian primary healthcare facilities.

Bunduki et al. share their insight into the compliance of antibiotics used for surgical site infection prophylaxis among patients undergoing surgery in a Congolese teaching hospital, and Myneedu et al. present work on the disposal of large volumes of sputum positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis by using microwave sterilisation technology as an alternative to traditional autoclaving in Delhi, India.

To read our article collection, please click here. All articles are freely available to read and download.

Open access options

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IPIP is a gold open access journal: instead of readers and libraries paying to purchase the journal content, authors pay a one-off ‘article processing charge’ (APC) to publish their work under an open access licence. This licence makes the work freely available to read, download and reuse in perpetuity. As signatories of the Research4Life scheme, the APCs of author groups from lower- and middle- income countries are fully waived or heavily discounted to ensure affordability in both publishing and accessing the work we publish. If you are interested in submitting your work to the journal, you can click here for more details about eligibility and access.

If you are interested in supporting IPIP by way of reviewing manuscripts or becoming a member of our International Editorial Board please email us at admin@his.org.uk for more information.