Infection Control Academy of India (IFCAI), established in 2016, is the leading not for profit organization in India working on the promotion of infection prevention and control.

Vision 

To train 50,000 healthcare professionals on infection prevention and control by 2022 in India and low resource countries.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection. This is achieved by the provision of better care to promote health at an affordable cost.

Values

  • Best of the class infection prevention and control (IPC) education.
  • Democratize the knowledge to critical mass required to effectively prevent & control infectious diseases.
  • Open Collaboration with organizations having shared purpose.
  • Leveraging global resources to make change faster.
  • Facilitating ecosystem and policy guidelines for an infection-free healthcare system.

Strategic Framework & Scope

IFCAI has taken WHO IPC core components as a basis for its strategic framework:

1. IPC program
2. IPC guidelines
3. IPC education and training
4. Healthcare-associated infection surveillance
5. Multimodal strategies
6. Monitoring/audits of IPC practices and feedback
7. Workload, staffing, and bed occupancy
8. Built environment, materials, and equipment for IPC

Objective

  • To promote and ensure capacity building in Infection control training and research.
  • To award recognition in Infection control programs.
  • To undertake all activities aimed at creating awareness to address the increasing health challenges faced by India.
  • To focus on creating higher standards of Hygiene and Infection Control, driving public health-oriented research and consultancy initiatives for shaping Hygiene and Infection Control policies.
  • To offer customized programs to address India’s Hygiene and Infection Control needs.
  • To create meaningful career prospects and opportunities for Hygiene and Infection Control professionals.
  • To establish standards in Hygiene and Infection Control education by enabling the formation of an independent accreditation system.
  • To create a network of world-class institutes and faculty for training and producing high-quality Hygiene and Infection Control professionals.

Current Collaborations:

  • Australasia College of Infection Prevention and Control
  • Public Health Foundation of India
  • International Society for Disease Surveillance
  • UNICEF
  • Associate Staff College of India
  • University of Hyderabad
  • Clean India Journal
  • Commonwealth of Learning (COL CEMCA)

IFCAI counts a thousand of volunteer members nationwide. It’s directed by an advisory board consisting of professionals of repute. Most IFCAI associates are nurses, physicians, public health professionals, epidemiologists, microbiologists, or medical technologists who are committed to patient safety.

IFCAI believes that the healthcare system has reached a critical juncture between patient safety, infection prevention, and quality of care. Significant changes in where care is and will be delivered are central issues. These changes represent an unprecedented opportunity for infection preventionists (IPs) to accelerate progress toward the elimination of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). We are gearing to advance our mission to create a safer world through the prevention of infection and embrace this bold direction through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, data standardization, and IPC product testing & listing.

IFCAI has incorporated several learnings from WHO, UNICEF, ACIPC, and other major IPC organizations worldwide in order to:

  • Lead, shape, and inform the infection prevention agenda in India and other Low Resource Settings.
  • Develop and create strategic alliances to progress the IPC agenda, locally nationally, and internationally. Collaborate and align with key infection prevention and public health organizations, agencies and, consumer groups, including international engagement, to demonstrate and promote effective infection prevention programs across the care continuum.
  • Define, develop, strengthen, and sustain competencies of the IP across the career span and support board certification in infection prevention and control to obtain widespread adoption.
  • Influence and promote the evidence base for infection prevention practice that is adopted universally.
  • Be the organization of choice for all those involved in infection prevention to sustain improvements in practice.
  • Provide a framework that enables all health and social care practitioners to function competently.
  • Build and maintain research and development capability and capacity.
  • Assess and certify disinfectants and publish a list of quality disinfectant and antiseptic products in line with VAH a recognized authority for quality assurance in prophylactic disinfection in Germany.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret health data in order to track infection trends, plan appropriate interventions, measure success, and report relevant data to public health agencies.

Some of our activities include:

  • Several national levels and localized training programs resulting in training & certification of approx. 5000 healthcare workers (HCW).
  • Discussion groups on Whatsapp, Facebook and other social media to support HCW with advise and support
  • A Clinical Microbiologist and Infection Preventionist centered newsletter circulated free of cost reaching more than 15,000 HCW’s in Asia, Africa, and Gulf countries.
  • E-learning course on Infection Prevention & Control developed and offered in collaboration with the University of Hyderabad and COL CEMCA
  • First-ever in India: Post Graduate Diploma in Infection Prevention and Control offered in collaboration with Hyderabad Central University
  • Also, we trained more than 7500 people already