This is the website of the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH). The IFH is a global, professional, not-for-profit, non-government organisation which was established in 1997 with the mission to promote health and wellbeing through improved hygiene in the domestic home and community, and high standards of infection prevention and control in home healthcare. The primary objectives of IFH are to:
- Raise awareness of the role of home and community hygiene in preventing infectious disease
- Promote understanding of hygiene (infection control) practice in the home
- Ensure that home hygiene practices are based on the available scientific evidence
Home Hygiene and Health is an online "one stop hub" designed to meet the needs of public health scientists, opinion formers, policy makers, NGOs, IGOs, community health practitioners, health professionals, “Public society”, and the media by facilitating access to a range of useful resources on home and everyday life hygiene. In addition to our website, IFH communicates through conferences, satellite symposia, workshops, exhibition stands, our twice yearly newsheets, e-mail alerts and one-to-one meetings.
IFH addresses hygiene “holistically” from the point of view of the family, and the range of actions which they need to undertake in order to protect themselves from infectious disease including food and water hygiene, handwashing, safe disposal of human and other waste. It also includes infection prevention and control in home healthcare (caring for family members who are infected, or at greater risk of infection). IFH has developed a risk-based approach to home hygiene which has been used for developing hygiene practice guidance. >>
The aim of this website is to provide an online resource which contains a comprehensive range of different types of materials (scientific reviews and publications, guidelines, training resources, fact sheets etc, both from IFH and other sources) on home and everyday life hygiene, which meet the needs of our target audience. >>