At a ceremony on February 21, 2020, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, the first cohort of graduates from the six-month Advanced Certificate Course in Infection Prevention and Control received their certificates.

These eighteen graduates are staff of the Bintumani Hospital in Freetown. The course is funded by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and implemented collaboratively by ICAP at Columbia University and the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

During the ceremony, Mame Awa Toure, MD, MSc, country director for ICAP in Sierra Leone, remarked: “Since 2016, ICAP has been working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, with CDC and WHO, to develop a pool of advanced IPC experts across the country. Infection prevention and control is one of the critical thema of the health systems strengthening and is critical to patient safety and quality universal health coverage.”

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