A Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) had been adopted in 2015, at the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA). In March 2019, the WHO published another key document, “Turning Plans into Action for Antimicrobial Resistance”. To materialize this, Members States adopted a resolution at the WHA 72, calling for continued high-level commitments to implement and adequately resource multi-sectoral National Action Plans. The resolution urges Member States to strengthen infection prevention and control measures including water sanitation and hygiene; enhance participation in Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System; ensure prudent use of quality-assured antimicrobials; and support multisectoral annual self-assessment survey. Press release: Antimicrobial Resistance.



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Source: International Hospital Federation Newsletter

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The second 2019 issue of the World Hospitals and Health Services (WHHS) has been published on the IHF website.
The IHF has been working with its members to support of professionalization in the field of healthcare management, notably with the adoption of the global competency directory for healthcare leadership and management in 2015. Since 2015, significant progress has been made in defining and requiring a competency-based approach in both graduate education and continuous professional development. The articles in this issue of the World Hospitals and Health Services (WHHS) Journal of the IHF showcase recent trends in competencies in health care management training and accreditation programs.
Read more: Release of the IHF Journal Volume 55 No. 2

 "The Association's Deeble Institute has released a Health Policy Research Evidence Brief which aims to assess the value of accreditation to health service organizations. The brief calls for a better understanding of the benefits of accreditation to health services. While it focuses on the way accreditation is implemented in Australian health services, the topic is very relevant for a large number of countries' health systems around the world that have embedded accreditation processes.

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) media release is available at Accreditation and culture usually go hand-in-hand in health organisations.

To view the brief, click on "Assessing the value of accreditation to health systems and organisations".

Source: International Hospital Federation Newsletter

According to a recent report by WHO and UNICEF, one in four health care facilities around the world lacks basic water services, impacting over 2 billion people. Moreover, one in five health care facilities has no sanitation service. These services are crucial to preventing infections, reducing the spread of antimicrobial resistance and providing quality care, particularly for safe childbirth. At the 2019 World Health Assembly to be held in May, governments will debate a resolution on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Health Care Facilities which was unanimously approved by the WHO Executive Board earlier this year. Read more.

Source: International Hospital Federation Newsletter, World Health Organization

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The ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF) Scheme is a flagship funding program started by Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Government of India under the ASEAN India Science and Technology Development Fund (AISTDF), with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), as their implementation partner to suppport ASEAN young researchers to work at any of the Indian research/academic institution. This prestigious fellowship aims at capacity building of young researchers of ASEAN Member Countries in science and technology and further strengthen the bond between India and ASEAN Member States. This fully funded fellowship is for a period of six months each with financial support for international travel, subsistence allowance, research contigency and domestic travel, etc.

Applications are invited from ASEAN researchers for award of this fellowship for conducting research in Indian institutiom across all areas of science and technology.

Read more: ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF) for 2019

 Implementation fidelity of a strategy to integrate service delivery:

learnings from a transitional care program for individuals with complex needs in Singapore

Abstract Background: To cope with rising demand for healthcare services in Singapore, Regional Health Systems (RHS) comprising of health and social care providers across care settings were set up to integrate service delivery. Tasked with providing care for the western region, in 2012, the National University Health System (NUHS) – RHS developed a transitional care program for elderly patients with complex healthcare needs who consumed high levels of hospital resources. Through needs assessment, development of personalized care plans and care coordination, the program aimed to: (i) improve quality of care, (ii) reduce hospital utilization, and (iii) reduce healthcare-related costs. In this study, recognizing the need for process evaluation in conjunction with outcome evaluation, we aim to evaluate the implementation fidelity of the NUHS-RHS transitional care program to explain the outcomes of the program and to inform further development of (similar) programs.

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