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Infection Prevention and Control Day, Bloemfontein - November 18, 2015

Yolanda Walsh represented BCA and did a presentation on "Implementation of the BCA bundles - the Western Cape Experience"

Western Cape SSI Learning Session 2 - November 18, 2015

Western Cape Public Sector Hospitals held their second learning session. These resources can be found here


We didn't keep up with news for a while, but we weren't idle!!

International Forum for Quality and Safety, Paris, April 17-20, 2012

Several BCA'ers attended and presented at The International Forum for Quality and Safety in Paris April 17-20

Western Cape Critical Care Society - October 4, 2010

Yolanda Walsh and Gary Kantor presented to the W Cape branch of the Critical Care Society monthly meeting at Tygerberg Hospital.

IHI Partners Retreat - September 28/29, 2010

Dena van den Bergh, Gary Kantor, Brian Ruff, Kedar Mate and Michele Youngleson were among those who attended the Institute of Healthcare Improvement partner's retreat, held in the Magaliesberg. Great discussion around the formation of a "quality movement" in South Africa, spanning all sectors of the health system.

BCA in the Western Cape

A successful meeting was held on September 28 between BCA (Dena van den Bergh, Yolanda Walsh) and the Director-General of the W Cape Dept of Health, Dr Craig Househam and his staff.

Gauteng Public Sector CEO Workshop, August 13 2010

Over 30 representatives of 13 public hospitals in Gauteng attended this meeting held in Johannesburg, including several CEOs.
Officials from the national Department of Health and Gauteng province also participated.
The workshop was lead by Brandon Bennett, a senior trainer from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Dr Dena Van den Bergh, and Dr Michele Youngleson.


International Forum on Quality and Safety, Nice, France

The SA contingent who beat the Iceland volcano, at the IHI forum. Eileen Branigan, Gary Kantor, and Heather Tuffin.

Gary Kantor with the BCA poster presentation.

Gauteng Province Workshop 30 March 2010

The Best Care Always! Gauteng Province workshop held on the 30 March 2010 was attended by over 85 enthusiatic delegates (pictured below) representing 15 Gauteng provincial hospitals. Hospital teams were equipped with information and tools to aid them in formulating a plan for implementing the Infection Prevention Bundles relevant to their hospitals and measure their improvement. A Gauteng Province BCA learning collaborative for the campaign has been established and will meet monthly. We look forward to hearing more about their journey and supporting their process.


Past Events

Here is an incomplete listing....

BCA Gauteng public hospitals workshop
March 2010
Presentation at Wound Care Indaba
Johannesburg, Cape Town
March 2010
GARP (Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership)
Feb 2010
Tygerberg Hospital IPC Day
Cape Town
Nov 2009
National BCA launch
Sun City
August 2009

National Launch

BCA was officially launched at the combined congress of FIDSSA and CCSA in Sun City, August 2009. Supported by Dr Adrian Brink, President of FDISSA, two presentations were given to introduce the campaign. In the exhibition hall there was evidence of much interest in the issues we have chosen to address; 94 delegates completed a survey about the campaign’s interventions. Among this group there is a high level of agreement (76-98%) (BCA Delegate Survey) that hospital-acquired infections, as well as the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, are serious problems in South African hospitals. A similar proportion of the delegates support the implementation of infection control bundles (82%) and of antibiotic prescribing guidelines (98%).