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WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands


WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - celebrate on 5th or 7th May, or choose your own day around this time, to maintain the profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care to reduce healthcare associated infections.

Join WHO in marking this important annual event; find more information on WHO activities and tools available to support you at
WHO Call to Action
Health-care facilities registered with WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - Prepare your action plans for improved hand hygiene and involve all staff and health-care facility leaders; WHO template actions plans are available HERE.
If you have already implemented your hand hygiene action plan, report the results. Share your plan and results! Sharing is part of global learning. Send WHO your web link and we it will be featured to encourage others; email:
If you are taking action in support of SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands you are already helping to save lives!
Those new to SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands
Show your healthcare facility's commitment to improving hand hygiene by joining WHO in this global campaign. WHO are very close to achieving a goal of having over 155 countries participating in this campaign! Help WHO to continue increasing healthcare facility registrations in every country, especially those who currently have no facilities registered.
New registrations are welcome now at
What WHO provide to support 5 May 2012 activities
  • Access an advocacy video by Professor Didier Pittet (this can be used during local events)
  • Hand Hygiene in Outpatient Care Guidance & tools – This new document is available on the WHO website, accompanied by supporting implementation tools
  • Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey Results – on 5 May 2012 WHO will issue a summary report including the results by WHO region
  • WHO free teleclass on 5th and 7th May 2012 by Professor Didier Pittet at 2.30 pm CET - this presentation entitled "Keeping the hand hygiene agenda alive: acting on data and the influence of global surveys" can be attended through the Webber Training system ( or listen afterwards via a recorded version
And WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands will announce the new number of registered healthcare facilities around the globe - if your facility hasnt registered yet, you can do it anytime at
"On behalf of the WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign, we would like to thank you very much for such a concerted effort from Wales this year in contributing to the call for new health-care facilities registrations to be part of this important global campaign. Your efforts have helped WHO to demonstrate that there is still clear commitment from health-care workers around the world in ensuring clean hands and patient safety and if fact you were the country/area that contributed the most new registrations this year.
We hope that these registrations will form part of the motivation for Wales to move forward with coordinated hand hygiene improvement actions to add to all that has been achieved this far. Remember that the WHO tools are still available to help with this.  
Additionally, commendation letters will be sent to all facilities who have registered so that they can present their commitment visibly.
Thank you very much again and good luck with all your efforts."
-Message to all staff from WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Team
"All wards in the Carmarthen Division got involved by updating their hand Hygiene boards at ward level. The information involved the 5 moments poster  and updating their  hand hygiene compliance graphs to demonstrate to different grades of staff their individual compliance rates.
Some of the boards were very colourful and eye catching as additional information was added to the boards. e,g examples of bacteria & hands made out of laminated posters demonstrating how hands transfer bacteria.
On the 4th May there was a hand hygiene stand placed outside the Dining Room in both Prince Philip and Glangwili Hospitals promoting Hand Hygiene with free alcohol and moisturiser tottles given to all staff that completed the Hand Hygiene Questionnaire. There were 2 winners identified from each hospital and will be given a hand hygiene goody bag."
- Feedback from Hywel Dda Health Board (Carmarthen Division) 

Last updated: 28/05/2012