Abstract for: Addressing systems influences on infection prevention for hospitalised neonates in Botswana.

This study as part of my PhD aims to strengthen the design and implementation of neonatal infection prevention and control (IPC) measures in Botswana by understanding and identifying key systems influencing factors that facilitate or inhibit IPC in hospitalised neonates in a major public referral hospital in Botswana. A qualitative System Dynamics (SD) methodology will be used, which involves semi-structured interviews and group model building workshops. The findings will contribute to the improvement of supportive systems for preventing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and hospital-acquired infections (HAI) and provide insights for wider IPC strengthening across Botswana’s major healthcare facilities.