The 7th Biannual ICAN Congress will take place at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town from 8 to 11 July 2018. ICAN is tasked with promoting and facilitating infection prevention and control education programmes throughout Africa.

The 3-day Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN) Congress will be followed by an in-depth workshop on antimicrobial resistance

As the largest infection prevention and control (IPC) organisation in Africa and with links to national infection control associations in nine African countries, ICAN has a major responsibility to support IPC education throughout the continent. ICAN, as described in its mission statement, exists to promote and facilitate the establishment of infection control programmes to achieve and maintain infection reduction, including decreasing healthcare-associated infections and promoting antimicrobial stewardship activities through education by working with or establishing national infection prevention structures in Africa and other international health-related associations.

Over 300 participants from 20 countries are expected to attend.

Scientific sessions include:

  • Antibiotic resistance and stewardship
  • Surgical site infections
  • Environmental cleaning
  • Water sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  • Mother and child health
  • Basic IPC procedures
  • Decontamination of medical devices
  • Disinfection in healthcare facilities
  • Managing TB-IPC
  • Waste management

State of the art and keynote lectures will be presented by experts from different continents, including Professor Benedetta Allegranzi (WHO), who will discuss the implementation of the WHO IPC guidelines, Professor Marc Mendelson (South Africa) who will discuss the implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programmes and Professor Mike Sharland (UK), speaking on mother and child infections and interventions. The 3-day programme will be followed by a collaborative workshop on antimicrobial resistance organised by ICAN and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC).

Website: 7th ICAN Congress 2018

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