WSIS is unique in that we span a variety of fields and disciplines, with a focus on academic research and novel implementation strategies.


WSIS was a key collaborating organization with the World Health Organization in the development of the Global Guidelines for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, the first evidence-based guidelines in this field. We are now developing a second set of first-in-field guidelines on the best practices for source control in the management of complicated intra-abdominal infections, a project spearheaded by Dr. Robert Sawyer.


WSIS also works to translate academic research to real-world practices by implementing recommendations like these in regionally specific programs. We take tools and resources published by high-level organizations like the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and, in collaboration with local experts and healthcare workers, modify them to fit regional or site-specific needs. We believe in working from the ground-up, empowering ‘local champions’ to be the drivers in the development of programming that will remain sustainable once the defined research or programing has ceased. Through this method, we bring something new and necessary to ‘on-the ground’ research and implementation


WSIS currently has active projects in Kenya and Tanzania, and members providing regional expertise in infection prevention and control in China, Turkey, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and the United States. WSIS is a global organization that is continuing to grow and adapt to the challenges of financing health research with limited resources in developing regions. 

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