Fundamentals in Infection Prevention and Control 9 March – 31 July 2020


The fundamental course specifically targets newly appointed IPC practitioners or any healthcare worker or scientist interested in the field of IPC and is extremely popular. The aim is to equip students with a sound basic knowledge of best practices in infection prevention and control (IPC) and to enable them to apply their knowledge in practice. The training is practical and clinically orientated and can be applied to any low resource setting.

What is the content of this course?
This is a six-month course consisting of three blocks. Each block has a two-week mandatory contact (face to face) session followed by a self-study period of five weeks. The contact sessions entail formal lectures in the morning with practical work in the afternoons.

The course is SAMA accredited.

Where will the course be held?
The course is presented at the ICAN office in Bellville

Or virtually via Zoom

The next course will be presented 7 March- 26 August 2022




Block One - Microbiology Module

Module 1: Identification and transmission of pathogens
Week 1- Basics in Microbiology
• Basic aspects of anatomy and physiology of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites
• Mechanisms of transmission of microorganisms
• Use of the laboratory
• Interpretation of laboratory results
• Minimum requirements of laboratory support for clinical services, including IPC
• Where there is no laboratory

Week 2- Applied Microbiology
• Defense mechanisms of pathogens and the required precautions when dealing with resistant organisms
• Antimicrobial resistance
• The role of IPC in preventing the spread of antimicrobial resistance
• Antimicrobial agents and the minimum requirements of an antibiotic policy
• Antimicrobial stewardship (basics)
• Case studies and problem solving

Block Two - Surveillance and Risk Management Module

Module 2:  Surveillance and applying information to IPC programmes

• Fundamentals of surveillance methods for healthcare-associated infection
• Role of the laboratory in HAI surveillance
• Database to manage IPC information
• Calculation of basic biostatistical data
• Identify and manage outbreaks
• IPC policies – design and compliance
• Effective IPC audit programme and design audit tools

Module 3: Risk assessment and safe practices in IPC

• How IPC is structured and implemented in healthcare – WHO guidelines
• Risk management in IPC
• Core Components of IPC
• Containment of communicable disease in a healthcare facility and the community
• Isolation of patients- review of Transmission based precautions
• Risk reducing strategies in the operating theatre
• Risk reducing strategies with aseptic procedures
• Bundles to prevent healthcare-associated infection (HAI)
• Injection safety and safety-engineered devices
• Risk reducing strategies in healthcare support services
• Appropriate use of detergents and disinfectants in healthcare – a safe environment
• Procurement of personal protective equipment & IPC equipment

Block Three - Hospital Design Module
Module 4: Improving hospital design and environment
• Influence of disease profile on hospital design
• Role of IPC in renovation or new building projects
• Ratio of sanitation facilities to beds
• Water requirements for a healthcare facility
• How the layout of a healthcare facility can be employed to accommodate healthcare processes and procedures and at the same time be beneficial to IPC
• Different designs of isolation facilities, intensive care areas, operating theatres, sterile services, milk kitchens, outpatient departments, waiting areas, and other specialty areas
• The ventilation and water supply of a healthcare facility from an IPC perspective
• Best designs for IPC in low to middle-income countries
• Food production area in relation to infection prevention and control
• Basic principles of waste and linen management
Module 5: Rendering patient and processing equipment safe
• Decontamination, disinfection and sterilization
• Operating procedures of a sterile service department
• Minimum requirements for the decontamination of patient care articles
• Validation of decontamination and sterilization processes
• Minimum requirements of a disinfection policy
Frequently Asked Questions

Does completion of this course entitle me to undertake more advanced training in IPC?
Yes, successful completion of the course enables you to enroll for the Postgraduate Diploma in Infection Control.

Who are the lecturers in this course?
IPC experts who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma (Stell) and international experts

What can I expect in the class?
The course will be presented in the form of lectures, ward rounds, demonstrations, practical sessions, discussion groups, problem solving (IPC case studies) at place of work and report back, using analytical written reports. A formative assessment will be held at the end of each module followed by a formal examination at the end of the course.

Where is this course taught?
The course is presented at the ICAN office: 11 Laurinda Crescent, Chrismar, Bellville or virtually via Zoom.

What is the outcome of this course?
At the end of the course the learners should be able to:
• Grasp the fundamental concepts of IPC.
• Be able to improve decision making relating to IPC.
• Risk assessment of clinical practice with evidence to introduce best IPC practices.
• Bring as many provinces as possible in line with the national infection control programme

How will I be awarded after doing this course?
You will receive a Certificate of Competence based on the results of your examination and successful completion of the course.

How much will this course cost me?
Please contact our training team on +27 87 822 2828

The Training Calendar dates
Please contact Yolanda Gouws for the scheduled dates of 2022 short courses.

Please make contact with Yolanda Gouws for a list of Guest Houses and B&B facilities.

How do I Register?
All the students will register online and 50% payment of the total cost of the course will be paid before a student number is issued.  Once you have indicated your commitment to register for a specific short course the registration link will be forwarded to you. Please make contact with Yolanda Gouws in this regard.

How do I get my certificate of competence?
Upon completion of the course requirements and satisfying the examiners, the remaining 50% of the fees has to be paid into the appropriate account. Once this has happened, you will be informed and a certificate can be downloaded from the website.

Fundamentals in Infection Prevention and Control

To apply for this course click on the link below:

 Course registration form