SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

Thursday, 5 May 2016

As part of a major global effort to improve hand hygiene in health care, the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands annual global campaign was launched in 2009 as a natural extension of the WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care work.

The campaign aims to galvanise action at the point of care to demonstrate that hand hygiene is the entrance door for reducing health care-associated infection and patient safety. It also aims to demonstrate the world's commitment to this priority area of health care.

WHO's role includes encouraging engagement and action to maintain this global movement. Numbers are a great awareness-raising mechanism, as demonstrated by the growing number of health-care facilities registered for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands but they are not the end point. Sustaining the efforts to improve patient safety requires dedicated action and innovation both of which are now more crucial than ever. WHO have appreciated receiving communications about country and health-care facility activities. Action must continue; use the WHO tools to support your actions.

To find out more about how to get involved and the best way of cleaning your hands to get rid of all those nasty germs, you can visit the official Save Lives Clean your Hands website.  

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