Clean Care is Safer Care

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - WHO's global annual campaign

5 May 2014

Are you ready to prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistant germs?

The role of hand hygiene in preventing the spread of drug resistant germs has been the focus for 5 May 2014 SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign. WHO urges health workers to practice good hand hygiene when caring for patients, to protect them from contracting infections in health facilities.

Convincing evidence that hand hygiene practices lead to a reduction of infections caused by multidrug resistant bacteria in health facilities has been presented in a new report. For example, when hand hygiene compliance in health faciilties increases from <60% to 90%, there can be a 24% reduction in MRSA acquisition

WHO supports World Sepsis Day - 13 September 2014

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands promotional video

Key documents

WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (revised Aug 2009)

Guide to implementation of the WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy (revised Aug 2009)

Contact us

For more information about Clean Care is Safer Care, please contact the team at savelives@who.int.