WHO highlights hand hygiene

Washing hands

The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to launch its annual hand hygiene campaign to increase global importance of hand washing for healthcare workers.

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands is observed every 5 May to improve hand hygiene, reduce infections and improve patient safety in hospitals.

The theme this year has a focus on equal protection for healthcare workers and patients and WHO has requested that all healthcare facilities join the 2019 WHO Global Survey on IPC and Hand Hygiene by using two validated assessment tools that can be found on the WHO website.

WHO said that the use of these tools will enable it to provide a situational analysis of the level of progress of current IPC and hand hygiene activities around the world and inform future efforts and resource use for IPC building and improvement.