IDI’s Intergrated Support towards water Sanitation and Hygiene (wash) in Kasese

The Centres of Disease Control (CDC) in collaboration with Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) channelled out its efforts towards building local capacity in Kasese district in the production and distribution of Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizer (ABHS) as a means of improving hand hygiene practices as an Ebola preparedness strategy. Evaluation results from a similar project in Kabarole showed improved hand hygiene practices with use of ABHS than any other hand washing materials.

This activity began on the 17th and will ends to today the 22nd May 2020. It is taking place at the Kasese production unit. The key actors were the CDC Kabarole team and activity staff where IDI staff.
This production unit was established in Kasese district using supplies purchased with funding from CDC. Two district staff were trained in production which started in December 2019.
On a quarterly basis, IDI provides support to the production unit and store management. In the face of COVID-19 outbreak, production has scaled up beyond the estimated volumes in the recent months exerting high turnover on supplies which were projected for a year.

This activity has been overseen by IDI production staff in Kabarole who will hold discussions with the infection prevention team lead, the stores officers and the production staff, follow up the records, ensure correct procedures are being followed as stipulated.

Objectives of the staff

  • To provide quarterly support to the production unit.
  • To assess the record keeping of requisitions, production and distribution.
  • To assess the stock levels of the ABHS raw materials.
  • To have discussions with the IPC focal person and stores officer.

Brief description of Method of Work

  • Discussions with the DHO, IPC focal person and stores officer
  • Meeting with production staff and support in production
  • Engage the stores officer to check records and assess stock balances

By Winfred Nyapendi